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Please note that I said "I have no doubt that EU Officials would welcome Corbyn coming into power".

Negotiators like to deal with an opponent who has a clear mandate and priorities for the negotiation. Also with Labour's policy switching to being in favour of remaining in Single Market and Customs Union, this removes a lot of complications from the Brexit negotiations.

Of course making the job easier for EU negotiators isn't the primary consideration for many EU national Governments. I did say that "Corbyn's absence from the EU Council would not be missed by many" which is probably an understatement in the case of many right wing governments.

But I do think we have to make a distinction between right wing national governments and the EU Officials charged with negotiating a Brexit agreement.

We also have to make a distinction between allowing the EU continued membership of the Single Market and Customs Union and allowing it to have a direct political role in the future development of the EU.  Right wing governments will be happy to concede the former, but not the latter with Corbyn in power. Another reason why retracting an A50 notification may not be as straightforward as some seem to believe.

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