EP approves visa-free travel for British after Brexit

The fate of Brexit is up in the air after talks between PM Theresa May and Labour's Jeremy Corbyn

With Britain due to leave the bloc on April 12 and no sign of her minority government being able to pass a deal through parliament on its own, May turned to Labour Party leader Corbyn in recent days in the hope of securing a bi-partisan agreement.

Britain's exit from the European Union, almost three years since the country voted to leave the bloc, is now in doubt because the British parliament can not decide what exit terms it wants, just a week before the current Brexit date of April 12.

There is now a clear choice for Britain between leave the European Union with a deal or not leave it at all, British Prime Minister Theresa May said, trying to reach a compromise with the opposition Labor party quoted by the British newspaper Observer.

The EU, which gave her a two-week extension the last time she asked, insists she must first show a viable plan to secure agreement on her thrice-rejected divorce deal in the British parliament.

The beleaguered leader opened talks this week with the Labour Party in a bid to break months of stubborn opposition in parliament to the withdrawal agreement she struck with European leaders past year.

British Prime Minister Theresa May claims reaching out to the opposition Labour party was the only way to avoid either leaving the European Union with no deal or not leaving at all.

It comes after leading Conservative Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg criticised her for holding talks with Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn.

"We want the talks to continue and we've written in those terms to the government, but we do need change if we're going to compromise", the shadow Brexit secretary added.

After failing to win Parliament's backing because of her Brexit blueprint, May radically changed gear Tuesday, saying she would try to postpone Brexit - again - and then hold talks.

French President Emmanuel Macron, however, said midday Friday that it was "premature" for the United Kingdom to request a Brexit extension from the EU.

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May is set for another trip to Brussels next week to follow up on her letter to European Council President Donald Tusk seeking a short extension to Article 50 until June 30.

And Mrs May faced a continued challenge to her authority from Parliament as the House of Lords debated a Bill aimed at extending the Brexit process in a bid to avoid a no-deal scenario.

The elections pose a substantial stumbling block because Britain would be expected to take part, if it is still an EU member, so its people have representation in the European Parliament.

"A delay is a tool, but it is not a solution in itself", the source said.

Make UK said it would support an agreement that took no-deal off the table and included guarantees such as frictionless trade, access to labour and a lengthy transition period.

May is under intense pressure from the eurosceptic wing of her Conservative Party to pull Britain out of the bloc as soon as possible - with or without a deal.

The government had no red lines in the talks, he said.

The EP's Committee on Civil Liberties proposed Wednesday that after Brexit, British citizens would be able to enter European Union countries visa-free for short periods, "provided European Union nationals enjoy the same conditions when travelling to the UK" said a committee statement.

An extension requires unanimous approval from the 27 remaining national leaders, some of whom are fed up with Brexit uncertainty and reluctant to prolong it further. But the specter of her striking a bargain with Jeremy Corbyn, regarded by Tories as a hard-left Marxist, has caused outrage among some ministers and MPs, particularly those who are preparing to stand for Conservative leader when May eventually steps down.

"Corbyn stated he glanced May's" openness to compromise to solve the Brexit deadlock" and looked forward to discussions with her after Wednesday.

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