Brexit: May holds 'constructive' talks with Corbyn

Prime Minister Theresa May had agreed with EU leaders to delay Brexit until May 22 if her Withdrawal Agreement with the bloc was approved by parliament by March 29 but lawmakers rejected her deal for a third time

Corbyn said any agreement that he struck with May - who has promised to resign if a Brexit deal is passed - must be set in law to guarantee that it could not be changed by any successor.

May and Corbyn began meeting at 1330 GMT, though it was not clear how they could both satisfy their own parties.

"May's office said both sides had revealed" flexibility and a commitment to bring the present Brexit doubt to a close".

The leaders are looking forward to further discussions in the coming days.

The change of direction of may left her captured between Conservatives who chased her of throwing Brexit away, along with Labour opponents mistrustful of her change of heart. Two junior ministers quit on Wednesday.

To avoid an abrupt no-deal Brexit on April 12, May must present a summit of European Union leaders next Wednesday with a plausible strategy to win approval in parliament for the Withdrawal Agreement that she negotiated with Brussels.

After lawmakers three times rejected an agreement struck between the bloc and May late past year, the leaders of the EU's 27 remaining countries postponed the original March 29 Brexit date and gave the United Kingdom until April 12 to approve the divorce deal or come up with a new one. Labour broadly accepts the legally binding divorce deal, the Withdrawal Agreement, but has nevertheless helped parliament to reject it three times.

"A "no-deal" at midnight on the 12th of April is now a very likely scenario", he told the European Parliament.

"We have had constructive exploratory discussions about how to break the Brexit deadlock", a Labour Party spokesman said.

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"EU Economy Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said that a" no-deal" Brexit would imply long lines borders and paperwork frustrations for customs checks around the 11,000 vehicles entering and leaving Britain each day.

He was followed by junior Brexit minister Chris Heaton-Harris, who said in his resignation letter that the government "should have honored the result of the 2016 referendum" and left the European Union on March 29.

This week, Parliament narrowly rejected a proposal for a new referendum on whether to leave the EU.

"I think the result will nearly certainly be, if Corbyn gets his way, that we remain in the customs union so that we can't control our trade policy, that there are huge areas of lawmaking we can't control, and Brexit is becoming soft to the point of disintegration", Boris Johnson, May's former Foreign Secretary, said according to The NYT.

Nigel Adams, minister for Wales resigned following the announcement, calling Jeremy Corbyn a "Marxist who has never once in his political life put British interests first" in his resignation letter.

The move came just hours after a cross-party group of 12 MPs announced that they would try to pass a law that would force May to seek a delay to the UK's departure from the EU.

The bill, debated and approved in a single day, compels May to seek to extend the Brexit process beyond April 12 in order to prevent a no-deal departure.

Most politicians, economists and business groups think leaving the world's largest trading bloc without an agreement would be damaging for the European Union and disastrous for the U.K. It could lead to tariffs imposed on trade between Britain and the European Union, and customs checks that could cause gridlock at ports and shortages of essential goods.

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