Brexit talks are currently ongoing between Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May, in hopes to achieve a deal on April 12. Currently, there is little indication Mrs May will arrive at next week’s emergency Brussels summit with the required deal to secure a delay to the Brexit process. Cross-party talks are attempting to push a deal through parliament in order to avoid a no-deal Brexit, something the House of Commons has already voted to rule out. Mrs May remains hopeful the talks will yield success, as she addressed similarities between the Conservative and Labour parties in a statement today.
In an official video posted to the Prime Minister’s official Twitter account @10DowningStreet, Theresa May outlined what she hopes to achieve with Brexit.
She said: “The choice that lies ahead of us, is either leaving the European Union with a deal or not leaving at all.
“I think the government thinks we must absolutely leave the European Union.
“We must deliver Brexit. That means we need to get a deal over the line.”
“And that’s why we’ve been looking for new ways to find an agreement in Parliament, and that means cross-party talks.
“There’s lots of things which I disagree with the Labour Party on policy issues.
“But on Brexit, there are some things we agree on.
“Ending free movement, ensuring we leave with a good deal, protecting jobs, protecting security.
“It’ll mean compromise on both sides, but I believe delivering Brexit is the most important thing for us.”
Labour officials have been equally hopeful in their approach to the talks, with Jeremy Corbyn saying he was open to hearing the Prime Minister’s proposals during PMQs last week.
Members of the Labour delegation have said the mood remains bright among negotiators.
However, shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey said little has been achieved so far.
Talking on the Andrew Marr show, she said progress may be made in the coming days.
According to Ms Long-Bailey, Government red lines are stalling progress.
She said: “The sad thing is at the moment we haven’t seen, overall, any real changes to the deal, but we’re hopeful that will change in coming days and we are willing to continue the talks as we know the government are.
“But we are currently waiting for the government to come back to us now to state whether they are prepared to move on any of their red lines.”
Other disagreements between the two parties lie in the customs union, with Labour in favour of the arrangement but Tory’s firmly against the prospect.
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