Go "extra step" to get Brexit deal, UK Labour lawmakers urge Corbyn

UK Prime Minister Theresa May

The vote of 312 to 311 means a draft Bill brought forward by backbench MPs which would force May to seek a Brexit delay beyond April 12 to avert a no-deal outcome.

After failing repeatedly to win Parliament's backing for her Brexit roadmap, May said the country needed "national unity to deliver the national interest".

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

He said he would make the move if the government "proves it is incapable of commanding a majority in the House of Commons".

The Commons may still be able to put forward the version of Brexit it supports, as the PM has promised to grant more indicative votes if the talks between her and Corbyn fail to lead to a breakthrough.

"I said: 'Look, this is a policy of our party that we would want to pursue the option of a public vote to prevent crashing out or prevent leaving on a bad deal, '" he said.

In this case (assuming that the WA and PD were fully signed off before the new exit date by the UK Parliament and European Parliament allowing a Brexit with "a deal") then the UK would leave on May 22 and the future relationship would then be fleshed out in more talks during a transition period until the end of 2020. Emily Thornberry, the shadow foreign secretary, wrote to all Labour MPs saying that any pact with May should include a public vote.

The Labour leader said he would be "very happy" to meet the Prime Minister in a bid to offer "certainty and security" to the British people.

The two party leaders met for more than an hour, after which Corbyn said he'd told the premier that Labour wants a customs union with the EU, access to the single market and regulatory alignment on the environment, and on consumer and workers' rights.

EU leaders have been urged to show patience with Britain over its struggle to find majority support for a deal, the President of the European council Donald Tusk said in response to May's announcement.

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"And we must prevent the calamity of a Corbyn government", he said in his resignation letter.

The EU is prepared to offer Britain an extension as long as the government commits itself to holding European elections with a cut-off date as late as January 1, 2021.

The two leaders held initial discussions Wednesday that both described as "constructive", and agreed to appoint teams to continue the talks.

When the European Union leaders agreed to put off Brexit beyond the original March 29 deadline they said that the British MPs should agree to the negotiated Withdrawal Agreement (WA) before March 29 if they wished to avoid a no-deal Brexit (leaving with no legal agreement or future relationship plan and no transition period) on April 12.

Earlier Wales Office minister Nigel Adams resigned from his post in protest at the talks with Jeremy Corbyn.

The debate is largely symbolic and did not take place in the main chamber of the House of Commons, where discussions on alternatives to May's Brexit plan were taking place.

Scotland's Brexit Secretary has insisted holding European elections is essential for the United Kingdom, as he warned staging a second referendum could take up to eight months to organise.

"We can not avoid failure for them", Macron said before a meeting in Paris with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.

"She has come to the conclusion, I hope, that there is a different deal to be struck with a different centre of gravity in the Houses of Commons".

In this photo provided by the UK Parliament, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, center, in the Palace of Westminster in London, Wednesday, April 3, 2019.

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