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EU steps up Brexit talks with Labour as Theresa May fights off plotters

EU steps up Brexit talks with Labour as Theresa May fights off plotters
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There has been a change in tone in the talks between the Labour party and the EU as the Prime Minister fights off plots to end her leadership, it has emerged.

Uncertainty over the Prime Minister’s future has lead EU negotiators to step up backroom talks with Jeremy Corbyn’s party, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The discussions have marked "a significant change in tone" towards Labour, and Brussels is seeking assurances from Jeremy Corbyn that he would honour agreements made with the Conservatives if he comes to power, it added.

In July, “very frank” discussions between the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier and the Labour leader lasted for over two hours.

In contrast, Theresa May is facing an uphill battle with her own party as she clings onto power.

One in three Conservative MPs want Mrs May to resign, according to Sky News.

Despite making overtures to the EU in her Florence speech, Brexit negotiations have stumbled as Michel Barnier’s team refuse to discuss a transitional timetable until other settlements have been reached.

Some 30 Tory MPs made their unhappiness with Mrs May’s leadership known earlier this week, when former party Chairman Grant Shapps called for her to resign

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