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It comes after Labour’s divisions were exposed during the Commons vote on Wednesday. The Labour leader wrote to the SNP’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford to offer talks “at the earliest opportunity” with aims to break the Brexit stalemate, according to The Telegraph. Mr Corbyn said he would first examine Labour’s proposals for a softer Brexit which include a permanent customs union and a second EU referendum. He said: “We would obviously use that position as a starting point for any discussions but we would like to hear about the plans you are advocating and we are keen to see if there is scope to find common ground between our respective proposals and to work together to break the impasse.”

SNP Leader Nicola Sturgeon and Mr Blackford have both expressed their inclination towards another EU referendum after an extension to the Brexit deadline.

A summit is expected early next week after SNP, Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and the Green Party all issued a joint invitation to Mr Corbyn.

Mr Blackford said the priority should be a second EU referendum with Remain on the ballot paper.

However, the Tories warned Ms Sturgeon wanted to use a second referendum as a way to get another vote on Scottish independence.

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Mr Corbyn’s letter came after Labour leadership ordered its MPs to abstain from a cross-party bid to delay Brexit and allow a referendum.

In total 41 Labour MPs rebelled with 24 supporting a referendum and 17 voting to oppose one.

The Commons voted by 334 to 85 votes, leaving a majority of 249.

Mr Corbyn argued in his letter that it was “incumbent on us all as parliamentarians to do our best to work together and find a compromise”.

He said Labour has set out “credible options” which includes a different Brexit plan and a ”public vote to prevent damaging Brexit proposals being forced on the country.”

Mr Corbyn told Mr Blackford: “My colleagues and I look forward to constructive discussions with the aim of securing a sensible way forward that can win the support of parliament and bring the country back together.”

In a letter for Mr Corbyn the opposition party leaders said: “We welcome Labour’s decision to support a second EU referendum and would be pleased to meet to discuss how we can put the decision back to the people – with the option to remain in the EU.”

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