Government willing to discuss Corbyn’s terms but move sparks Labour anger

David Lidington calls customs union ‘wishful thinking’ but says government should be talking to Labour

The government has expressed willingness to discuss Labour’s terms for backing Theresa May’s EU withdrawal bill, but Jeremy Corbyn’s offer of support for a softer Brexit has prompted fury among some Labour backbenchers.

David Lidington, the Cabinet Office minister and de facto deputy prime minister, said he had not had any direct “overtures” from Labour about talks but added: “We should be talking to the official opposition and understand their point of view.”

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