Juncker rules out short Brexit extension without deal

Juncker rules out short Brexit extension without deal

Labour has demanded that the United Kingdom remain in a customs union with the EU, and kept open the option of a second referendum, although it, like May's Conservative party, has also been divided by Brexit.

Theresa May was told by one of her former key advisers yesterday that her plan to rely on Labour MPs to get her Brexit deal through parliament was stupid and would fail.

"We're not setting any red lines for these discussions with the prime minister", she said.

Corbyn said later on Wednesday there is "an very bad lot of talking that still needs to be done" and that the Brexit situation is a "totally ridiculous process that we have gotten ourselves into". "This is not the Brexit my constituents were promised", he wrote.

Earlier this week the British House of Commons again voted down all the Brexit options.

In a statement, the DUP said: "The Prime Minister's lamentable handling of the negotiations with the European Union means she has failed to deliver a sensible Brexit deal that works for all parts of the United Kingdom".

The impasse has already delayed Brexit for at least two weeks beyond the planned departure date of March 29 to 2200 GMT on April 12.

The Sun, the i and the Metro also lead with the PM's latest roll of the dice, which also saw a snap election ruled out.

European Council President Donald Tusk gave a cautious welcome to May's change of course.

The prime minister's new strategy follows months of political gridlock over Britain's withdrawal from the European Union. However, the exit process has only exacerbated divisions among the public and politicians, including May's cabinet.

After her European Union withdrawal deal was rejected three times by MPs, Ms May invited Mr Corbyn, a veteran socialist, to talks in parliament to try to plot a way out of the crisis.

Lawmakers rushed the legislation through all of its stages in the House of Commons on Wednesday, with the final stage passed by 313 to 312.

However if no agreement is found, she vowed to allow lawmakers to direct what she does.

"Let's cross our fingers for Theresa May for her efforts, let's hope that she can convince the members of the lower house of parliament and maybe find a way to avoid a hard Brexit after all", he said.

She has tried to work with Labour and reached out to others to try and find a way forward but this is different; this is reaching out to the main opposition party to try and find a way forward and to leave with a deal.

Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay said the government would accept a soft Brexit if parliament voted for it.

The motion proved controversial with Leave-backing MPs, with veteran Eurosceptic Sir Bill Cash calling it "reprehensible".

A bill scheduled for debate Wednesday would compel May to seek to extend the Brexit process beyond April 12 in order to prevent a no-deal departure.

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