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, after Jeremy Corbyn offered support in return for five commitments to soften the Brexit deal on offer.

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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