Theresa May reaches out to Jeremy Corbyn in desperate Brexit bid

The Tory leader wants to agree a plan with Corbyn to get a Brexit deal through Commons.

She said the country needs to seek a further extension “as short as possible” before May 22 to avoid the UK voting in European elections.

May said: “I have always been clear that we could make a success of no-deal in the long term but leaving with a deal is the best solution.

“So we will need a further extension of Article 50 – one that is as short as possible and which ends when we pass a deal.

“And we need to be clear what such an extension is for: to ensure we leave in a timely and orderly way.

“This debate, this division, cannot drag on much longer.”

Speaking in 10 Downing Street following a seven-hour Cabinet, May added: “Today I’m taking action to break the logjam.

“I’m offering to sit down with the leader of the opposition and try to agree a plan that we would both stick to to ensure we leave the EU and we do so with a deal.

“Any plan would have to agree the current Withdrawal Agreement – it has already been negotiated with the 27 other members and the EU has repeatedly said it cannot and will not be re-opened.”

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