Work with Plaid and SNP on Brexit, Price urges Labour

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image captionAdam Price says "the least worst option if there is to be a Brexit is single market membership"

Labour should try to agree an alternative to Theresa May's Brexit plan with other opposition parties, Plaid Cymru's leader has said.

Adam Price spoke as doubts continue over whether MPs will back the prime minister on the EU withdrawal deal.

Opposition MPs should see if "we actually build a majority in terms of an alternative" plan, Mr Price said.

He met SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon earlier to "find a way through a way through this Westminster Brexit mess".

Mr Price told BBC Wales they both wanted to try to find what common ground they might have with Labour.

"We can only establish that by talking to each other, and that's the first step," he said.

"There has to be a willingness on behalf of the Labour Party to sit down with other opposition parties to see if Mrs May doesn't have a majority in the House of Commons can we actually build a majority in terms of an alternative.

"The alternative, of course, could be, as we strongly advocate, a People's Vote, taking whatever deal is arrived at back to a public vote at the end of the day.

"Also, we've consistently said, the least worst option if there is to be a Brexit is single market membership."

The EU single market offers free movement of goods, finance, and people around the EU, without any tariffs.

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The prime minister has ruled out remaining in that single market as part of the UK's future relationship with the European Union because that would amount to "not leaving the EU at all".

A Labour spokesman described talks between Jeremy Corbyn and Ms Sturgeon on Tuesday as "constructive", adding: "They discussed their common opposition to Theresa May's botched Brexit deal and determination to work across Parliament to prevent a disastrous no-deal outcome."

Mrs May has called the plan she unveiled last week the only realistic chance of avoiding a no-deal Brexit but it has faced fierce criticism.

Two cabinet ministers resigned and there have been efforts to mount a Tory leadership challenge.

Welsh Conservative external affairs spokesman Darren Millar said: "The people of Wales voted to leave the EU and Plaid Cymru would do well to remember it.

"Instead of trying to frustrate the Brexit process and recruit the Labour Party to their cause, Plaid should be shouting up for a Brexit which respects the outcome of the referendum here in Wales while protecting jobs, enabling trade and safeguarding people's rights."

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