On Tuesday when the Prime Minister and her team meet with the opposition for the next round of cross party discussions, she will make a “big, bold” offer which is likely to be seen by Brexiteers as a slap in the face. According to The Sunday Times, Mrs May will tell Mr Corbyn she will meet one of his key Brexit demands for a customs union by offering a comprehensive but temporary customs arrangement with the EU. She will tell the Labour leader the arrangement will be in place until the next general election.
Her second compromise will come in the form of an offer for Britain to remain closely aligned with EU single market regulations on goods after it has departed the bloc.
And in what could be seen as another victory for Mr Corbyn, Mrs May will agree to have the UK’s rules on workers’ rights to be mirrored to those laid down by Brussels.
A source told The Sunday Times: “There are three main areas: customs, goods alignment and workers’ rights,” said one source involved in the talks.
“The Conservative Party will have to suck up concessions on each of those.”
Prime Minister Theresa May is counting on Jeremy Corbyn to strike a deal
But shadow chancellor John McDonnell insisted any customs arrangement in a Brexit deal would have to be “permanent and comprehensive”.
He told BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show businesses want the security of a customs union “not for a few months, not just up to an election – they want it permanently”.
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Mr Stewart said not even Hollywood actor George Clooney could do a better job on Brexit
4.15pm update: Ruth Davidson rejects Tory split claims
Ruth Davidson has rejected suggestions Scottish Tories could break away from the UK Conservative Party over Brexit.
Speaking to Andrew Marr this morning, she said: ”It’s within the gift of the party, but it’s nothing that I’ve ever supported.
“Indeed, my entire leadership pitch back in 2011 was predicated on the idea that we wanted to remain part of the United Kingdom party, but with the autonomy for candidate selection, policy, financing and all of these other things that come under my purview.
“There was a suggestion from one of the other candidates in that leadership election that a breakaway would be something that they would look at, along the kind of German CDU/CSU model, but that is not something I have ever supported, I don’t support and I wouldn’t support in the future.”
3pm update: Even George Clooney couldn’t ‘charm his way through Brexit’, says Rory Stewart
International development secretary Rory Stewart has praised Mrs May for her handling of Brexit, saying not even Hollywood hearthrob George Clooney could have done a better job.
The newly promoted minister, 46, said: “Honestly, I don’t think anybody doing that role, I don’t think if some sort of superhero turned up – George Clooney suddenly became Prime Minister – I don’t think he would be able to charm his way through this problem.”
Mr Stewart’s comments were met with amusement by social media users.
One person wrote on Twitter: “How many of us listening to @SophyRidgeSky think it’s at lease worth a try having George Clooney as PM.”
Mr McDonnell said Mrs May had acted in bad faith by speaking out about a potential deal
12.30pm update: John McDonnell accuses May of acting in ‘bad faith’ over Brexit talks
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has lashed out at Theresa May after she wrote in the Mail on Sunday about a potential Brexit deal with Jeremy Corbyn.
He said the Labour team had exercised “real discipline” in keeping the details of the Brexit talks private and accused Mrs May of “undermining” the cross party relationship.
He told the BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show: “The disappointing thing about this weekend is that we’ve maintained confidentiality because that’s what we were asked to do.
“We haven’t briefed the media. We’ve only commented on when things are in the public.
“So it’s disappointing that the Prime Minister has broken, and I think it is an act of bad faith actually, to do it in this way.”
He said her actions had helped him understand why Mrs May “couldn’t negotiate a decent deal” with Brussels.
Sir Vince Cable said some of the votes which helped the Lib Dems win were ‘protest votes’
10.45am update: Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable admits some gains were down to ‘protest votes’
Leader of the Liberal Democrats Sir Vince Cable has admitted that his party’s gains in last week’s local elections were partly due to voters who wanted to “protest” against Labour and the Conservatives.
When asked about the presence of “protest votes” among those who helped the anti-Brexit party secure its wins, Sir Vince said: “Yes, there was an element of a protest vote but it was much more than that. It was very much a positive vote for Liberal Democrat candidates.
“And that is going to carry forward, I think, into the European elections we’ll have in a couple of weeks’ time.”
The Lib Dems benefitted from heavy Tory losses by gaining 703 seats on councils across England, something which Sir Vince said showed his party was a “very strong force in British politics”.
Regarding the Euros, Sir Vince said he regretted the fact that Remain-backing parties could not have united to work together and therefore the Remain vote was “fragmented”.
Nigel Farage said the British public do not want the Tories and Labour to reach a Brexit deal
10.15am update: Deal between Tories and Labour would be ‘coalition of politicians against the people’ – Farage
Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage has said any Brexit deal agreed by Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn which includes a customs arrangement with the EU would be a seen as a plot to thwart the will of the British public.
The leader of the Brexit Party slammed the idea British voters wanted a deal between the Tories and the Labour.
He told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday: “The public don’t want a deal, and certainly not the deal that Mrs May is talking about this morning … permanent customs union, alignment with single market rules.
“The public want us to leave and for us to get on with the rest of our lives.”
He added: “I think if they push forward with this it will be seen as a coalition of politicians against the people and I think millions of people would give up on both Labour and the Conservatives, I really do.
“This would be the final betrayal and, frankly, if May signs up to this I can’t see the point of the Conservative party even existing.”
He challenged Mr Corbyn to a debate in the run up to the European elections on May 23 and said if the Brexit Party could “dig in” to the Labour vote “then we can surprise even ourselves on how well we can do”.
The latest poll, a YouGov survey for The Times, put the Brexit Party on 30 percent to Labour’s 21 percent and the Conservatives’ 12 percent.
Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said Labour must work harder to win back votes
9.56am update: Shadow health secretary says Labour must ‘work harder’ to ‘regain trust’ of voters
Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth has said the Labour party must “reflect” on the 82 seats it lost in Thursday’s local elections and “work harder” to win back votes.
During an interview with Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday, the MP for Leicester South acknowledged his party’s heave losses but was keen to draw attention to the fact that “the Tories got absolutely monstered”.
Mr Ashworth also stressed that Labour had made gains in “important marginal seats in the south”, and achieved “process” in some regions.
He added: “But of course there were other disappointing results across the country and we have to reflect upon that, we have to understand why that’s happened, and we have to work harder as a party to regain the trust of people so that we can form a government.”
9.15am update: Theresa May tells Tory MPs they can scrap deal with Labour at later date
Theresa May, who is desperate to strike a Brexit deal with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, has suggested any deal the pair reach could be significantly altered by future Governments.
Writing in the Mail on Sunday, the Prime Minister openly appealed to the opposition leader to help her break the Brexit logjam more than four weeks into cross-party talks and also had a message for lawmakers.
Mrs May told MPs any agreement would represent a “stepping stone” to the UK’s future after it has unshackled itself from the EU. She said and it would be up to future Parliaments to decide how the working relationship between Britain and the bloc would be played out.
Her suggestion that a future Parliament “with a different party palace” could have more power in deciding the terms of Brexit than the existing one will likely infuriate arch-Brexiteers in her own party.
She said: “To MPs, I would say this: if we are able to negotiate a cross-party agreement, this deal will be a stepping stone to a brighter future, outside the EU, where the UK can determine the road ahead.
“This is because no Parliament can bind its successor.
“Some people would prefer a less close relationship with the EU in the future, while others would prefer a closer relationship.
“The key point is, the ultimate decision-maker in everything we do is Parliament. So future Parliaments, with a different party balance, will be able to decide whether they want a closer or more distant relationship with the EU.”
Her column comes as the Sunday Express reports that a deal with the opposition leader will include a customs arrangement and worker’s right in line with EU laws.
In April Mrs May faced fierce criticism after announcing she would be reaching across the aisle to hold talks with Labour in an effort to break the Brexit impasse.