After two days of electrifying votes in the House of Commons in Westminster, the stage of the "Brexit" moved to Downing Street. When the government's agreement to leave the United Kingdom from the European Union was overwhelmingly overwhelmed, Theresa May invited leaders and representatives from all sides to try to find a solution that could be approved in Parliament. But neither the prime minister nor the opposition leader seems willing to give up their "red lines". Jeremy Corbyn refuses to even begin the talks without the certainty that a divorce without agreement is not in the manager's plans.
The irreducible position of the leader of the Labor party had already been presented by himself on Wednesday evening in the House of Commons, following the rejection of the motion of censure presented to the government. Not only did he reinforce this Thursday, in a speech at Hastings, as he urged Labor MPs to respect him by means of a letter.
L & # 39; invitation [de May] for talks with party leaders it is nothing but a staging, it is not a serious effort to face the new reality, "said Corbyn." So I repeat what I said to the prime minister: I would like to talk a lot – but the starting point for any Brexit talk should be to exclude the threat of a disastrous exit without agreement, "he insisted.
In the letter to Labor MPs, Corbyn presented similar justifications and launched the challenge: "I ask colleagues to respect this condition and to refrain from talking to the government as no agreement not removed from the table ".
When this letter was revealed by the average British Labor MPs Hilary Benn and Yvette Cooper – both remainers – met with Conservative Minister David Lidington. At the end of the meeting, they condemned the "stubbornness" of Corbyn, even though he did not disagree with his demands.
"[Corbyn] it's just showing that the prime minister is not the only one to be stubborn, "said Benn, who besides being a deputy, is president of the parliamentary committee of Brexit." The government must exclude no agreement. This is the first step. The second is that the prime minister changes their red lines, "he added.
Because on the side of the government there is also a strong resistance to the negotiation of some of the key points of its strategy, as evidenced by the representatives of the Liberal Democrats, the Scottish National Party, the Green Party or the Welsh Cymru plaid after the first round of contacts, and May spokesman, at the end of the morning.
"The prime minister was completely clear on the importance that the UK has an independent trade policy … and believes it is essential to honor the referendum and strongly supports defending these principles," he said. the government representative, confirming May's reluctance to reconsider his position on a second referendum and on maintaining the UK in a customs union with the EU.
The government has even revealed a report stating that it is impossible to organize a new referendum in less than a year.
Hammond reassured the companies
Between politics and the British economic class, no one doubts that divorce without agreement is the most damaging for the economy and security of the United Kingdom. But the government does not exclude it and has shown signs that it is preparing for this. The opposition believes, however, that May does not intend to follow in this way, which is why he sees in this position an attempt to blackmail the deputies, to push them to support his strategy.
In a letter sent to Corbyn this Thursday, challenging him to negotiate with the government, the prime minister explained that the competence to conduct an agreement is not exclusive to British leaders and depends on an alignment of wills and decisions, which also involves the Parliament and European leaders. And so he refused to move away from this scenario, at a time when it is just over two months before the scheduled departure date (March 29).
Mr May's argument, however, does not coincide with what Finance Minister Philip Hammond told a group of entrepreneurs. the Daily Telegraph had access to the recording of a phone call, an hour after the May agreement was hammered by 230 votes in the House of Commons, in which Hammond assured the representatives of 330 companies in the country that the & rsquo; Article 50 of the EU – through which London has requested exit – could be repealed.
Of course, the "Brexit" watch does not stop. On Monday, the government will present a motion on the next steps in its strategy and will offer the remaining parties the opportunity to table amendments to its proposal throughout the week. The executive plans to vote again for its agreement to the House of Commons on Tuesday 29 January.