EP to vote on post-Brexit visa-free visits for British

Muriel Colon
April 4, 2019

The Democratic Unionists have accused Theresa May of sub-contracting out the future of Brexit to the Labour Party.

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday offered to talk with opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in order to break the current Brexit deadlock.

Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen cautiously backed Tusk but expressed doubt whether May's attempt for a cross-party compromise on Brexit, something European Union officials have said May should have pursued three years ago, was to be taken seriously.

If not, she promised to allow MPs to direct what she does, expressing hope that Britain could still leave with a deal before May 22, so it did not have to take part in European Parliament elections.

"The country needs a solution, the country deserves a solution, and that's what I'm working to find", May told lawmakers on Wednesday.

"There hasn't been as much change as I expected", Corbyn, 69, said.

May's bid for cross-party talks points Britain toward a softer Brexit than the one she has championed since the June 2016 decision to leave the EU.

A new law which would legally rule out a no-deal Brexit cleared its first parliamentary hurdle after being passed in the second reading by just five votes.

The European Council and the Parliament announced on Wednesday that, after Brexit, UK citizens coming to the Schengen area for a short stay (90 days in any 180 days) should be granted visa free travel.

She has tried to work with Labour and reached out to others to try and find a way forward but this is different; this is reaching out to the main opposition party to try and find a way forward and to leave with a deal.

"It was raised by me at the beginning of the meeting: I said this is a policy of my party that we would want to pursue the option of a public vote to prevent crashing out or prevent leaving on a bad deal", Corbyn said on Wednesday.

"But it is an outcome for which I have made sure the European Union is ready".

In his letter, Mr Adams said: "Legitimising and turning to Jeremy Corbyn to assist you at this crucial stage, rather than being bold, is a grave error".

Dr Caroline Johnson, who supported the Prime Minister's withdrawal agreement, asked Mrs May how she could balance the risk between no-deal Brexit and "letting down the country by ushering in a Marxist, antisemite-led government". "This is not the Brexit my constituents were promised", he wrote.

Almost three years since the United Kingdom voted to leave the EU in a shock referendum result, British politics is in crisis and it is unclear how, when or if it will ever leave the European club it first joined in 1973.

- If May and Corbyn can't agree, they would put forward "a number of options for the future relationship" between the United Kingdom and the European Union, for the House of Commons to vote on.

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