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UK's May and Corbyn to Discuss Alternative Brexit Arrangements


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Mon, 11 Feb 2019 12:56 GMT

British Prime Minister Theresa May responded Monday February 11th to a letter sent by opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, demanding that changes be made to the Brexit deal.

May responded in a conciliatory tone, seeking a compromise with Corbyn, in hopes of securing a divorce deal with the European Union, according to AP. 

In her response letter, May said she wanted the two parties to discuss "alternative arrangements" to the Irish backstop - a commitment to avoid a hard border and one of the main issues dividing the two sides. 

Another main point of disagreement was over the customs union. Justice Minister Rory Stewart told the BBC on Monday that differences between the two political camps were not as great as some might suggest but the government could not accept a customs union that would prevent Britain from negotiating trade deals with other countries.

No date seems to have been set for the next meeting but the letter concluded with May saying she looked forward to the two parties meeting "as soon as possible." 

The UK is due to leave the EU on March 29th but Parliament rejected May's divorce deal back in January. May has spent the last couple days in Brussels, Strasbourg and Northern Ireland seeking fresh concessions to her Brexit deal, even though EU leaders have rejected any renegotiation to the legally binding withdrawal agreement.