Brexit: British PM, Theresa May, Corbyn hold constructive talk

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.

SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford complained that his party had been left out of the process, despite having consistently "sought compromise".

Bank of England governor Mark Carney said in a television interview on Wednesday that the wrangling in parliament meant the prospect of Britain crashing out of the European Union without a deal was "alarmingly high". Pro-EU legislators argue it is worse compared to the U.K.'s current status as a EU member.

"Leaving with a deal is the best solution", May said from her Downing Street office in nationally-televised remarks.

"We have agreed on a programme of work to ensure we deliver for the British people, protecting jobs and security", he added.

Our Brexit Insider Facebook group is the best place for up-to-date news and analysis about Britain's departure from the European Union, direct from Business Insider's political reporters. The EU27 are likely to grant an extension which involves the United Kingdom taking part in European elections, which will cause further outrage from Tory benches.

But if the deal falls again, "no further short extension will be possible", he warned, citing the risk of jeopardising the European Parliament elections in late May.

Corbyn said: "There hasn t been as much change as I expected but we will have further explore technical issues" on Thursday.

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.

The strategy provoked fury in her own party.

May's pivot toward Labour points Britain toward a softer Brexit than the one she has championed so far.

Two junior ministers quit on Wednesday - one of them from the Brexit department.

May has always insisted Britain must leave the EU's single market and customs union in order to forge new trade deals around the world, but those ideas have strong opposition support.

Labour's Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer said on his arrival for Thursday's talks that "we have been discussing" holding another referendum with May's government.

In a marathon session of Prime Minister's Questions, May was buffeted by hostile interventions from her own MPs.

The divorce was due to have taken place March 29, but Parliament thrice refused to agree to the terms that May spent two years negotiating with the bloc, and has failed to come up with an alternative plan.

"The PM's head of communications Robbie Gibb is a hard Brexiter who wants to destroy the PM's new search for a cross party compromise", he wrote on Twitter.

"The government stands ready to abide by the decision of the House", she said. "It is a perfectly credible proposition that deserves to be tested in Parliament", Hammond told ITV.

There were signs of divisions in Labour, too.

Twenty-five lawmakers in Britain's opposition Labour Party have urged their leader, Jeremy Corbyn, to go the "extra step" if there is a chance of agreeing a Brexit deal in talks with Prime Minister Theresa May.

He said individuals with a public platform had a responsibility to speak in a way "that is temperate and is not in any way going to inflame people's views".

Backed by Labour's Yvette Cooper and former Tory minister Oliver Letwin, the bill has cross-party support from various MPs-although there are doubts from others as to both its validity and its efficiency.

To endorse a further Brexit delay, the European Union requires Britain to present clear policies, such as concrete alternative options, a general election or a referendum.

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