Theresa May is to travel to Brussels on Wednesday evening to finalise the Brexit deal in a meeting with the European commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker.
With talk of a backbench coup against the prime minister fizzling out, No 10 said the prime minister would head for discussions with Juncker “as part of the ongoing negotiations over the future framework”.
Downing Street and the commission have a deal in principle on the withdrawal agreement concerning citizens’ rights, the £39bn divorce bill and the Irish border problem. Negotiations continue over a separate document about the future relationship.
Jeremy Corbyn and Nicola Sturgeon have teamed up in a bid to block the government’s draft Brexit deal – and stop a “no deal” divorce.
Sky News reports that the Labour leader and Scottish First Minister joined a delegation including shadow chancellor John McDonnell and shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer to discuss blocking a “blind” separation from the EU.
They met the leader of the Liberal Democrats, Sir Vince Cable, and other senior representatives from the Greens and Plaid Cymru.
It comes as a series of key Labour MPs – who represent Leave-backing constituencies that the government was relying on to help pass a Brexit deal – revealed they would be voting against it.
Speaking to Sky News after the opposition parties’ summit, Mrs Sturgeon said there was a united anger at the government’s deal.
She said they refused to accept the “spin” that MPs could trigger a no deal Brexit by rejecting the agreement expected to be signed off in Brussels on Sunday.
“The next part of this process, and arguably the most important part, is to build a consensus around the alternative,” Mrs Sturgeon said.