LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (APRIL 7, 2019) (BBC – ANDREW MARR SHOW) – Britain’s government held out the possibility of compromise on Sunday (April 7) with the opposition Labour Party to try to win support in parliament for leaving the European Union with a deal.
Prime Minister Theresa May has been forced to turn to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn after giving up on winning over eurosceptics in her Conservative Party, whose opposition has hardened.
So far those talks have failed to yield any kind of accord, with Labour policy chiefs saying the government has yet to move from its “red lines”, above all over a customs union, which sets tariffs for goods imported into the EU.
“It is important that we compromise, that’s what this is about and it is through gritted teeth,” Andrea Leadsom, the Brexit-supporting leader of the House of Commons (lower house of parliament) told the BBC’s Andrew Marr show, adding that May’s proposal for a customs arrangement after Brexit was not too far from Labour’s desire for a customs union.
But, while describing the talks so far as positive, Labour’s business policy chief Rebecca Long-Bailey said there had as yet been no “real changes” to the deal.
With Britain’s departure now set for April 12, May’s government is running out of time to get a deal through Britain’s divided parliament, and must come up with a new plan to secure a new delay from EU leaders at a summit on Wednesday (April 10).