BRUSSELS - The European Parliament’s Brexit chief has welcomed Jeremy Corbyn’s new EU exit plan and endorsed calls for a cross-party consensus in Westminster to prevent a no-deal.
Theresa May travelled to Brussels on Thursday for meetings with representatives from the European Commission, European Council and European Parliament after her MPs told her they could not support the deal she had struck unless a controversial “backstop” cause was removed.
Though the European Commission and UK government agreed to “find a way through” and restart meetings, all the EU chiefs Ms May spoke to were emphatic that the withdrawal agreement – and thus the backstop – were not up for negotiation.
But Brussels is putting increasing pressure on the prime minister to think again about her red lines for the future relationship between the UK and EU – such as on a customs union, or alignment to the single market.(FA)