Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson meet in Downing St to discuss 'reasonable timetable' for Brexit Bill

Mirror Online Politics 3 weeks ago

Boris Johnson accepted Jeremy Corbyn's offer to meet to discuss a timetable to scrutinise his deal this morning.

But no breakthroughs were made at the meeting.

The Prime Minister took the Labour leader up on the offer, made last night when MPs rejected Mr Johnson's timetable.

The pair met in Mr Johnson's House of Commons office.

Last night, Mr Corbyn said that Labour was prepared to work with the Government to agree "a reasonable timetable" to enable the Commons to debate and scrutinise the legislation properly.

"That would be the sensible way forward, and that's the offer I make on behalf of the opposition tonight," he said.

But according to the BBC's political editor Laura Kuenssberg, nothing was agreed at the meeting - with Labour looking to discuss a timetable and the the Tories looking to discuss what would happen if the EU granted an extension.

Boris Johnson was joined in the meeting by chief whip Mark Spencer and Dominic Cummings
 

A Labour Party spokesperson said: “ Jeremy Corbyn reiterated Labour’s offer to the Prime Minister to agree a reasonable timetable to debate, scrutinise and amend the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, and restated that Labour will support a general election when the threat of a No Deal crash out is off the table.”

A Conservative source said: "PM met Corbyn this morning in his office in the House of Commons to discuss whether Labour would back a timetable that allows us to actually get Brexit done rather than yet more delay.

"Corbyn made clear he has no policy except more delays and to spend 2020 having referendums."

Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson slammed the Mr Corbyn for the meeting.

She said: "This is yet more clear proof that Jeremy Corbyn wants to deliver Brexit. Yesterday Boris Johnson's deal passed because 19 Labour MPs walked through the lobby to vote for a Brexit deal that would be bad for our NHS, bad for our economy and bad for our environment.

"It seems that Jeremy Corbyn has thrown Boris Johnson another lifeline this morning, as six white men met to discuss pushing through a Brexit deal which will wreck our country.

“Jeremy Corbyn is a Brexiteer, and Remainers won't forget if a shady backroom deal between Johnson and Corbyn helps to deliver Brexit."


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