Ardant Remainers within the opposition party are demanding any deal to leave the European Union is sealed with a confirmatory vote by the British people. The Prime Minister and Mr Corbyn have been at logger-heads over any potential cross-party deal with a dispute over a customs arrangement being the main stumbling block for both parties. However, even with a closer alignment to the bloc, it is feared my Labour parliamentarians will still not vote to back an agreement in the House of Commons.
One shadow cabinet minister told the Guardian: “Jeremy cannot be sure he has the numbers – even if he whipped it – so he cannot do a deal without a confirmatory vote.”
Discussions between the opposition parties will continue this afternoon with ministers set to outline proposals for a ‘temporary customs arrangement’ with Brussels until the next general election.
However senior sources within the Conservative Party insist Mrs May will be “gone very quickly” if she succumbs to Mr Corbyn’s demands.
Steve Baker Deputy Chairman of the European Research Group (ERG) has blasted any idea reaching an agreement with Labour stating it would “declare surrender to Jeremy Corbyn as Prime Minister”.
The eurosceptic told Conservative Home: “To do a deal with Labour over the heads of both our confidence and supply partners and Conservative MPs – who have scrutinised the deal minutely and said loudly and explicitly what we have found – would be an act of unconscionable folly and of stupendous lack of foresight.
“Even to contemplate it is to declare surrender to Jeremy Corbyn as Prime Minister.”
Later today Mrs May is set for a showdown with the chairman of the powerful 1922 Committee of backbenchers, who will once against demand the Prime Minister outline the date for her departure.
The meeting with Sir Graham Brady comes after the 1922 Committee requested “clarity” about Mrs May’s timetable for standing down and triggering a leadership contest.
Meanwhile a senior member of 1922 indicated if no plan was put in place for Mrs May’s departure, alternative ways to remove the Prime Minister would be discussed.
One executive member of the committee told The Times: “I would expect there would be a discussion on that.”
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