There’s only one way to head off Theresa May’s threat of no-deal chaos | Zoe Willlliams

The prime minister has given Labour an ultimatum. Now Jeremy Corbyn must respond by demanding a people’s vote

In a strange new twist, Theresa May has replied to Labour’s suggestions on Brexit in terms so opaque that this newspaper has interpreted them as a rejection of Jeremy Corbyn’s terms, while the Times believes her to be ready to compromise. Like the death throes of a chess game, the moves available to her are small and few, and it’s hard to figure out what decision she has taken.

In shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer’s lawyerly fashion, Labour’s terms were laid out fivefold: a permanent customs union; “close alignment” with the single market; dynamic alignment on workers’ rights, that is, for the UK to keep pace with the evolution of rights and protections in Europe; continued membership of EU-wide agencies and funding programmes; and an agreement on security arrangements such that we retain access to shared databases and the European arrest warrant.

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