The confirmation of a Brexit extension until 31st October comes just 3 weeks after the Prime Minister declared that she was not prepared to delay Brexit any further than 30th June. This represents not only a diplomatic failure, but is another milestone in the Government’s mishandling of the entire Brexit process.
Last week the Prime Minister finally decided to do what should have been done at least two years ago: reach out to the Opposition and open talks to try to find a breakthrough.
The fact that the invitation didn’t even come at the eleventh hour, but at five past midnight, 3 days after the Prime Minister had missed her own Brexit deadline of 29th March is a reflection of the Government’s fundamental error in not proceeding by consensus.
Reports suggest that the talks now taking place between the Opposition and the Government are detailed and ongoing, but if the Government is serious about reaching consensus, the PM’s red lines must move and we must see a real compromise.
Labour will continue to work to find a deal that can command not only the support of this House but the support of the public too, so that we can leave the EU in an orderly manner and unite the country.