Labour seeking cross-party amendment aimed at setting Britain on course for a referendum on May’s deal

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Labour will this week back a cross-party amendment which would set Britain on course for a referendum on Theresa May’s deal.

The Sunday Telegraph reveals the final text of the amendment by backbenchers Peter Kyle and Phil Wilson, which has been revised following input from Sir Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary.

Meanwhile the Press Associaiton reports that Jeremy Corbyn has written to MPs backing soft Brexit plans as well as supporters of a second referendum, inviting them for talks to find a cross-party compromise.

The Labour leader called for urgent meetings to find a “solution that ends the needless uncertainty and worry” caused by UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s “failed” Brexit negotiations.

He said Labour’s “credible” plans would form the starting point for any discussions, but he was keen to find “common ground” with supporters of other plans.

The offer has been extended to SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford, Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable, DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds, Plaid’s Liz Saville Roberts and Green MP Caroline Lucas.

Backbench MPs invited for talks with Mr Corbyn and shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer include Labour’s Peter Kyle and Phil Wilson, who have put forward a plan for the Commons to allow the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal to go through, subject to a referendum.

Senior Labour backbenchers Yvette Cooper, Hilary Benn and Rachel Reeves have also been offered talks, along with Tories Ken Clarke and Nicky Morgan.

Invitations have also been sent to Oliver Letwin, Nick Boles, Stephen Kinnock and Lucy Powell – the Tory and Labour MPs behind a push for a Norway-style soft Brexit inside the single market with a customs union.

“We have also said that we would support a public vote to prevent damaging Brexit proposals being forced on the country.

“We would obviously use that position as a starting point for any discussions, but we would like to hear about the plans you are advocating, and we are keen to see if there is scope to find common ground between our respective proposals and to work together to break the impasse.

Via The Telegraph / Press Association

 

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