The European Union has reportedly stepped up talks with the UK’s Labour party amid concerns the government will collapse before Brexit is complete.
Brexit negotiators have been increasingly seeking assurances from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn that he will honour any commitments made by the Conservative government if he comes to power, it has been claimed.
European officials have “significantly” increased the number of back-room talks with Labour since Prime Minister Theresa May failed to win an outright majority in a snap election in June, according to British newspaper the Daily Telegraph.
Sources said there has been a “significant change in tone” from Brussels towards to left-wing party since the election result, with meetings since taking place more frequently and at a higher level.
Both Corbyn and the shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer have held meetings with the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier.
Negotiators fear starting again from zero if a beleaguered May is ousted before the Brexit process is complete.
A fresh wave of calls for the prime minister to step down came this week following a gaffe-ridden speech by May at the Conservative party conference.
Former Conservative party chairman Grant Shapps is said to have rounded up more than 30 Tory MPs who back May’s resignation.
EU negotiators are also stepping up preparations for a complete collapse of Brexit talks that could see Britain crash out of the bloc without a deal.
Another round of talks between British and EU negotiators is set to take place on Monday in Brussels.