Theresa May to hold Downing Street talks with union leaders in bid to break Brexit deadlock

Posted On: 
22nd January 2019

Theresa May is to hold talks with trade union bosses as part of efforts to break the Brexit deadlock.

Unite boss Len McCluskey will meet Theresa May on Thursday.
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The Prime Minister is expected to meet with Unite boss Len McCluskey in Downing Street on Thursday.

Plans are also being drawn up for her to sit down with GMB general secretary Tim Roache and Dave Prentis, the boss of Unison.

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The talks will take place against the backdrop of Jeremy Corbyn's continued refusal to meet with Mrs May unless she rules out the possibility of a no-deal Brexit.

A spokesman for the Prime Minister said: "She is due to be seeing a number of union leaders later this week, one of whom is Len McCluskey.

"The Prime Minister has said this is going to be a process of engagement with people from across the House of Commons, but also with other interested sectors."

It is not known whether Mrs May will meet the union bosses individually or in a single meeting.

Like the Prime Minister, Len McCluskey has previously spoken out against holding a second referendum.

“Bluntly, there is no route to a parliamentary majority without London, nor without the Midlands and the North, and of course Scotland,” he wrote in a piece for the New Statesman.

“There could be nothing better designed to blow that alliance apart than a second referendum, as things stand.”

But his stance has put him at odds with the GMB, which has called for the Prime Minister's deal to be put to a referendum.