UK govt, Labour meet over Brexit plan

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Corbyn also said he would hold a vote of no-confidence in May's government in reserve should an exit deal fail to achieve majority support in Parliament, reported Reuters.

Wales minister and whip Nigel Adams said the Prime Minister had made a "grave error" by reaching out to the Labour leader in the hope of finding a consensus solution to Brexit ahead of a crunch European Union summit on 10 April.

However, the House of Commons on Monday voted by a margin of just one vote to rule such an option out and force the government to delay Brexit to avoid no deal.

On Wednesday cross-party lawmakers will try to rush a law through the House of Commons to prevent Britain leaving the bloc without a deal.

"After two years of Brexit deadlock, intransigence and a seven-hour Cabinet meeting, the best the Prime Minister can do is invite the leader of the British Labour Party to become the co-owner of her Brexit failure", SNP MP Stewart Hosie said.

However, he will face a dilemma over whether to push for any deal to be put to a public vote through a second referendum, a key demand of many senior figures in his party and many of its members.

The bloc says it will only do that if Britain comes up with a new Brexit plan.

The online petition to revoke Article 50 took off after a speech when May said that she was on the side of the British public over Brexit.

After their meeting, a Labour spokesman said the two leaders had "agreed a program of work between our teams to explore the scope for agreement".

Corbyn is pressing his desire for a "permanent customs union" and alignment with the EU's single market in the talks - red lines for a prime minister who had made controlling immigration one of the key stones of her Brexit policy.

Britain is now due to depart on April 12, but many observers doubt that May will be able to secure backing for her withdrawal deal by then.

Backbench Labour MPs have warned Jeremy Corbyn not to include a second Brexit referendum in any compromise deal with Theresa May.

Mr Corbyn said he would be "very happy" to meet the Prime Minister in a bid to offer "certainty and security" to the British people - but Tory Brexiteers have reacted with anger.

In either event, May said she would ask the EU for a further short extension to Brexit in the hope of getting an agreement passed by Parliament before May 22, so that the United Kingdom does not have to take part in European elections.

The prime minister outlined that if her government and Labour agree on a plan, she would request a delay that was "as short as possible and which ends when we pass a deal" through parliament.

But, it could also cause a schism from the Conservative Party, resulting in prospective resignations of government ministers that are pro-Brexit.

Earlier on Wednesday, the House Speaker John Bercow used his casting vote to prevent further "indicative votes" being presented by non-ministerial parliamentarians.

May's last-ditch approach to Corbyn, who is loathed by many of her Conservatives and mocked by May herself as unfit to govern, provoked anger in her febrile party.

"This petition has been supported by an unprecedented number of people, although it's not surprising because we live in unprecedented times", Catherine McKinnell, an opposition Labour lawmaker, said as she introduced the debate.

Among those was leaving the EU's customs union, which allows goods to move between member states without undergoing checks or being subject to tariff payments.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar plans to meet in Dublin Thursday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the Brexit impasse.

He added that the Labour leader was "also extremely risky on security matters".

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