Labour calls for a Brexit compromise to get deal passed


Britain’s Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer John McDonnell speaks to the media, after the British parliament rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal, in London, Britain, January 16, 2019. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s opposition Labour Party’s finance policy chief John McDonnell said that Prime Minister Theresa May could eventually get a deal through parliament if she negotiated a compromise with his party.

May’s Brexit deal suffered a crushing defeat in parliament on Tuesday, raising the prospect of the government seeking a different plan or leaving the EU with no deal at all.

She will face a vote of no confidence on Wednesday evening after process of leaving the EU was plunged further in chaos.

McDonnell told Reuters Labour would support May if she agreed have to stay in a permanent customs union with the EU, a close relationship with its single market and greater protections for workers and consumers.

“We will support a deal that brings the country back together, protects jobs and supports the economy,” McDonnell said. “We have had that open door policy all the way through. For two years she has not contacted, not approached us, not reached out.”

Reporting By Andrew MacAskill; editing by Guy Faulconbridge

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