‘There is time to strike Brexit deal’, says Kinnock

Striking a “pragmatic deal” for the UK to leave the EU is “not a unicorn” and could command a majority in Parliament, Labour’s Aberavon MP Stephen Kinnock has said.

Mr Kinnock was joined by more than a dozen MPs including fellow Labour MP Caroline Flint, former Tory cabinet minister Rory Stewart, independent Nick Boles and Liberal Democrat Norman Lamb at the launch of “MPs for a Deal” in Portcullis House.

They said “there is time” to secure a Brexit deal in Parliament with a “sizeable voice building across the House” to achieve it by Halloween.

Speaking at a press conference, Mr Kinnock said this was “not about reproducing a carbon copy” of the deal which failed in three meaningful votes, adding that what emerged from cross-party talks was a “compelling proposal”.

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He said: “The fact is that we are rooted in reality here. This is not a unicorn. We have something here which is the basic foundation of a perfectly pragmatic deal that we believe can command a majority in Parliament and also begin to reunite our deeply divided country and even at this 11th hour we think there is time to do it.”

Mr Kinnock said the group would back Boris Johnson in bringing a deal before Parliament by 14 October.

He added: “We hope that by 14 October at the latest, if not before, this Prime Minister will be ready to bring a deal to Parliament, and MPs for a Deal wish him well in doing that and will be backing that and supporting that, because it is the only way to take the country forward.”

The European Union (Withdrawal) (No 6) Act received royal assent on Monday.

It requires a delay to Brexit beyond October 31 unless a divorce deal is approved or Parliament agrees to leaving the EU without one by 19 October.

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