The Prime Minister is looking at the Labour leader’s Brexit blueprint but there are “considerable points of difference”, according to a senior official in Mrs May’s office. Mr Corbyn today set out his five-point plan – including a permanent customs union with the EU – in a letter to the Prime Minister. The Downing Street source said: “It is welcome that the Leader of the Opposition is engaging in this.
“It is important that we continue to hold discussions to find a way forward to deliver Brexit.
“We are looking at those proposals with interest but there are obviously very considerable points of difference that exist between us.
“The PM continues to believe that an independent trade policy is one of the key advantages of Brexit. Her position on the customs union hasn’t changed.”
It comes as European Council President Donald Tusk told Mrs May that Mr Corbyn’s plan “would be a promising way out” of the current Brexit deadlock.
While Mrs May was in Brussels for another round of Brexit talks, Mr Corbyn revealed his proposals for a Norway-style Brexit.
But the move prompted a furious reaction from pro-EU Labour MPs.
Owen Smith, Mr Corbyn’s former leadership rival, threatened to leave the party.
And other Remainers insisted it went against Labour’s policy of keeping the option of a second referendum on the table if the party cannot force an early general election.
Chuka Umunna, who has been pushing for a so-called People’s Vote, said Mr Corbyn’s initiative was “totally demoralising”.
He said: “This is not opposition, it is the facilitation of a deal which will make this country poorer.
“I hate to think what all those young voters who flocked to the party for the first time in 2017 will make of this.
“Vote Labour, get a Tory Brexit. They will feel they have been sold down the river.”
But Shadow International Trade Secretary Barry Gardiner defended Mr Corbyn, saying the offer was made “in a spirit of co-operation and compromise”.
Speaking during a visit to Worcestershire today, Mr Corbyn said: “Half of our trade is with Europe.
“A lot of our manufacturing industries are very frightened, very worried at the moment that on March 29 there’ll be a cliff edge.
“There cannot be a cliff edge. We will do everything we can in Parliament to prevent this cliff edge exit.”