As you will no doubt be aware, after a marathon cabinet meeting last week the Prime Minister agreed to meet with Jeremy Corbyn to discuss a way forward. We were hopeful this meant she had finally admitted that she needed to compromise. However, both Jeremy and Keir Starmer, our shadow Brexit secretary, have reported that she has so far offered no real change or compromise. Their talks are due to continue today.
Meanwhile, over the last few days Parliament has passed Yvette Cooper’s bill – which gives MPs the right to force the Prime Minister to extend Article 50 – in record time. The bill required the Prime Minister to present her plan to request a delay in the form of an amendable motion, so that MPs could suggest alternative dates. It also prevented her from suggesting a date before May 22nd.
The Prime Minister’s motion proposes that she should ask the EU to further extend the deadline to June 30th. We will debate the motion in the Commons later today.
Whatever happens over the coming days, I still believe that any deal should be put back to the people.
Update 10/04/19: The motion to extend the deadline to June 30th was passed last night by 420 votes to 110.