Brexit: EU 'significantly' increases talks with Labour over concerns Theresa May government will collapse

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Brexit: EU 'significantly' increases talks with Labour over concerns Theresa May government will collapse

Post by Sassy on Sat Oct 07, 2017 4:23 pm

Brussels seeking assurances from Jeremy Corbyn amid fears talks could be rendered completely useless if Prime Minister is ousted before their completion

EU Brexit negotiators have reportedly stepped up backroom talks with Labour amid concerns Theresa May will be ousted before Britain leaves the bloc.

Brussels has been increasingly seeking assurances from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn that he will honour commitments made by the Conservative government if he comes to power, it has been claimed.

EU officials have "significantly" increased the number of talks held with Labour since the snap election in June in which Ms May failed to win an outright majority, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Sources told the paper there had been a "significant change in tone" from Brussels since the result, with efforts being made to foster closer ties with Labour.

Negotiators reportedly fear that talks may be rendered completely useless if Ms May is ousted from office before their completion.

It follows Mr Corbyn's bold claims in June that Labour was a "government in waiting" and was ready to "take up the responsibility for Brexit negotiations."

In July, Labour held "very frank" talks with EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier lasting more than two hours.

The Prime Minister weathered fresh calls for her resignation this week following a disastrous speech at the Conservative party conference and claims more than 30 Tory MPs were plotting her demise.

Sounds very sensible.
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