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Theresa May faces frantic 48 hours to save Brexit plan as talks stall

PM to seek cabinet support before calling on EU leaders to drop backstop proposal

Theresa May faces a frantic 48 hours to try to save her Brexit negotiating strategy after she admitted talks had ground to a halt because of the EU’s insistence upon a Northern Ireland-only backstop.

The prime minister is expected to plead with EU leaders to drop their Irish backstop proposal at a make-or-break summit dinner on Wednesday night after seeking the support of members of her cabinet on Tuesday morning.

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May tells MPs UK and EU aren't 'far apart' as she insists UK must be able to terminate Irish backstop - as it happened

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Related: May faces frantic 48 hours to save Brexit plan as talks stall

The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has addressed a meeting of his party’s peers and MPs, along with the shadow Brexit secretary, Keir Starmer.

They told the Parliamentary Labour Party that opposing any deal Theresa May brought back would not necessarily mean no deal was the alternative. A party source said:

Both Keir and Jeremy made clear that it isn’t a straightforward choice between the likely package that Theresa May brings back and no deal.

If we vote against it and it’s voted down in parliament, then there is the option of calling for a general election on the basis that the government is unable to deliver that outcome, that we would seek to reopen the negotiations on the basis of our alternative plan and then, failing all that, all other options are on the table.

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Jeremy Corbyn tells Labour MPs to reject ‘false choice’ on Brexit

Leader addresses Westminster meeting held to discuss party’s approach to Theresa May’s EU negotiations

Jeremy Corbyn has told Labour MPs to hold firm to the party’s position on Brexit, calling it a “false choice” that they had to vote for Theresa May’s final agreement or risk a no-deal outcome.

Corbyn and the shadow Brexit secretary, Keir Starmer, addressed the private meeting of Labour MPs and peers on Monday night, amid speculation that up to 30 MPs would consider voting for any final Brexit deal brokered by May because of concerns about the backlash from leave-supporting constituencies and the risks of a failure to reach a deal with the EU.

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