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The ITV Peston show also had Barry Gardiner, the shadow international trade secretary, on as a guest last night, and he said Labour would be willing to “bend” its red lines in the interests of helping the UK get a Brexit deal. He told the programme:

What Jeremy did today this was taking, seizing the initiative, saying to the country look we want to work together in the interests of the country to get a deal. It’s not perfect, but we certainly don’t surely for goodness sake all of us don’t want the no deal that will take us off the edge of that cliff. And if it means compromising, if it means you bending your red line to give us a customs union, we’re prepared to bend our red lines to give, to give this a deal.

Senior Labour source gets in touch to play down significance of Barry Gardiner’s comments: “I mean, it’s Barry …”


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Nicola Sturgeon is under further pressure to support calls for a second Brexit referendum after Frances O’Grady, the TUC general secretary, warned her “this is not the time to keep your head down.”

Speaking in Glasgow later today at a lecture to honour Jimmy Reid, the Clyde shipyards union leader, O’Grady is expected to compliment the first minister for calling for an extension to the article 50 process if the Brexit deal proves to be inadequate.

Like the TUC, Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon has rightly called for an extension to article 50. This would give us a chance to negotiate a deal on new terms. A deal that protects jobs, rights and peace in Ireland.

But the truth is most people don’t trust the Westminster government to get that deal and we’re running out of road. So I have been taking the same message to all politicians – this is not the time to keep your head down.

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