Corbyn’s terms for Brexit deal support irk Labor MPs

Feb 07, 2019, 6:21 AM EST
Some Labor MPs accused Jeremy Corbyn of "facilitating" May's shabby deal.
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A day after U.K. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn wrote to Prime Minister Theresa May, categorically spelling out five terms for extending support to her Brexit deal, David Lidington, the Cabinet Office minister said the government should reach out to the official opposition to understand its side.

Corbyn’s intervention, however, incensed fellow Labor MPs, including Chuka Umunna, Ben Bradshaw and Mike Gapes, who accused the leader of the opposition of trying to “facilitate” a deal that threatens the economy of the country, writes The Guardian.

May will be meeting EU leaders in Brussels on Thursday with the hope of opening fresh negotiations to make changes to the Irish backstop arrangement in Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, the key sticking point that has prevented any consensus on the deal.

In his letter, Corbyn shifted focus from the Withdrawal Agreement and instead called on May to make five fundamental changes in the Political Declaration with the EU, including staying in a customs union, reports Politico.