Labour is favouring negotiations for a British ‘say’ on trade deals signed by the bloc in the future. Mr McDonnell said on on Sunday’s BBC Andrew Marr show that the EU has ‘looked positively’ on proposals based around a new customs union between Britain and Brussels. He commented: “We could agree Labour’s deal within a matter of weeks, the European Union has look positively on that.
“In all the discussions we’ve had they see that as the foundation of a proper negotiation.”
MPs will vote on Theresa May’s revised deal on Tuesday, March 12.
If voted down MPs will be given another vote on Wednesday as to whether Britain should leave without a deal.
If this is blocked by Parliament another vote could be potentially held on Thursday as to whether Article 50 should be extended, meaning the leave date will be delayed for more negotiation time.
Mr McDonnell said he is expecting a delay of three months to be agreed by the EU if Theresa May’s deal is voted down Tuesday.
Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer argued the deal Mrs May puts before Parliament is likely to be indistinguishable from its predecessor, which was voted down.
Sir Keir told Sky News’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme: “I think there is a growing feeling that this Tuesday should be a straight up-and-down vote on the deal.
“I don’t know whether something dramatic will happen in the next 2 hours but unless it does, exactly the same deal is going to be put before Parliament.
He said he believes this was eight weeks of failure for Mrs May to come back and present was was rejected, which on Tuesday will be exposed.
Sir Keir added: “It doesn’t mean that a public vote is gone. It doesn’t mean we won’t come to t. We will have to work with others.
“There is going to be plenty of opportunities for amendments.”
Originally Labour had six red lines which included keeping the same benefits Britain enjoys in the EU, but the plan has since changed.
This is known as the Norway Model, which Sir Keir did not rule out as an option.
Sir Keir said: “We have got to break the impasse. We’ve got a deal that isn’t getting through and we can’t just sit and keep running down the clock.”