May Offers to Sit Down With Corbyn, Seeks Short Extension
Yesterday, Nick Boles resigned May's cabinet and potentially the party although he appears to be backtracking on a party switch today.
The situation is critical and fluid. Rumors of elections, May softening her stance, votes of no confidence, etc are circulating. I am about to board a plane and my not be able to update this for hours.
You can watch the entertainment as it happens on the Guardian Live Blog.
May Reveals her Head
She says any plan both she and Corbyn agreed upon would then be put to MPs for approval with a view to it being taken to next week’s European Council meeting.
If she and Corbyn cannot agree a unified approach, May says, then a series of options for the future relationship would be put to the Commons in a series of votes. The prime minister adds that the government would abide by the decision of the House – but only if Labour did so too.
May also says she wants the process to be finished by 22 May so that the UK does not have to take part in the European Parliament elections.
What follows is what I typed out minutes ago. The critical piece is above. May offers to meet with Corbyn.
- MPs seek to stop no-deal Brexit by tabling article 50 bill
- No-deal Brexit more likely by the day, says Michel Barnier
- Up to 20 Tories could vote against May in confidence vote - Davis
Point 1 will not work. Rate that one at about a 0% chance.
Yvette Cooper is now planning to get MPs to pass her bill tomorrow requiring the PM to request an article 50 extension, the Mirror’s Dan Bloom reports. Originally the plan was for MPs to debate it on Thursday.
Even if May honors that indicative vote, the EU might not accept it.
Speaking in Paris alongside Emmanuel Macron, Leo Varadkar, the Irish prime minister, said Theresa May would have to come up with a “clear pathway to success” to justify another article 50 extension.
Cooper's bill is a waste of time. Hard Brexiteers appreciate a waste of time.
'We cannot avoid failure for them' - Macron says it will be UK's fault, not EU's, if there's no-deal
Headed to the plane.
Mike "Mish" Shedlock