Brexit talks could stall under Corbyn
The major revelation flies in the face of comments made by Brussels’ chief negotiator Michel Barnier who said he hoped exit negotiations would begin on June 19.
However in a major U-turn, a European Commission source said they would be prepared to delay talks if a new Government under Jeremy Corbyn requested one.
The source told Politics Home: “They have got to agree the date, so yes.
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May has said Britain needs 'strong and stable' leadership to lead Britain through Brexit
But the Commission will agree with the UK the dates for the first negotiating sessions
EU Commission source
"If the UK was to turn around and say, ‘we need a bit of leeway’ – we don’t have a lot of leeway in the big scheme of things.
"There are only a number of months – less than two years – to do this, so there isn’t a terrible lot of scope. But the Commission will agree with the UK the dates for the first negotiating sessions."
Prime Minister Theresa May has repeatedly argued Britain needs a “strong and stable” government to lead the nation through its exit from the bloc in her pledge to be re-elected in next week's Gneral Election 2017.
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Michel Barnier said he hoped talks would take place on June 19
She said: “Britain is about to enter into the most important negotiations of my lifetime. They begin just 11 days after polling day.
“That’s why, now more than ever, Britain needs a strong government and a strong Prime Minister capable of standing up to Brussels."
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It comes as Mr Corbyn faced Home Secretary Amber Rudd, who took the place of Mrs May, in a showdown during a BBC General Election debate tonight.
Ms Rudd tore in to the Labour leader over his “chilling” votes against anti-terror legislation during the heated clash.