Switzerland and United Kingdom complete post-Brexit trade deal

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The comments appeared to reflect concern among Conservative Brexiteers that the Prime Minister could concede too much ground to Labour in an attempt to win cross-party backing for a deal with Brussels.

In a letter to the Labour leader released on Sunday evening, the prime minister also dismissed Corbyn's call for the United Kingdom to remain in a customs union with Brussels. He has also faced pressure from some of his MPs to push for another public vote on Brexit.

Mrs May has previously ruled out a customs union, which would restrict the UK's ability to strike trade deals, and could face Cabinet resignations if she changed her position.

Mr Barclay was said to have held "constructive" talks on Monday night with the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels.

"But, the solution to this has to be to get Jeremy Corbyn, or the Labour Party, or indeed Parliament as a whole, to come behind a deal".

The prime minister's formal response to Jeremy Corbyn's proposal, in a letter to the Labour leader, stressed her objections to keeping the United Kingdom in some form of customs union, saying this would prevent the United Kingdom making its own trade deals.

Mrs Leadsom said: 'I think she's making quite clear that what Corbyn is demanding is actually not as good as what the Prime Minister's deal is offering.

It also recognises the development of the UK's independent trade policy, she added.

"By getting the changes we need to the backstop; by protecting and enhancing workers" rights and environmental protections; and by enhancing the role of Parliament in the next phase of negotiations I believe we can reach a deal that this House can support'.

"The point of the exercise was to say, look, there is a majority for a close economic relationship, if you're prepared to try to find it, and I've said for some time we should test that by having a vote on a customs union".

Labour wants to force the government to bring back a "meaningful vote" on Theresa May's Brexit deal by the end of this month.

As the clock ticks down to Britain's scheduled exit on March 29, May is trying to persuade the European Union to change a deal that was agreed between London and Brussels late past year but overwhelmingly rejected by parliament in January.

The British parliament is set to hold a debate on Brexit on February 14 but with just 45 days until Britain leaves the bloc, no date has yet been set for another "meaningful" vote on May's deal.

Mrs May wants the two parties to discuss how "alternative arrangements" to the Irish backstop - a commitment to avoid a hard border - could work.

That will then be followed on Thursday by a debate and voting on a number of amendments.

"I think that gives that sense of timetable, clarity and goal on what we are doing with the European Union - taking that work forward and our determination to get a deal - but equally knowing that role that Parliament very firmly has", he said on BBC's Andrew Marr Show.

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