Labour lands meeting with Barnier, but EU says it "doesn't really change things"

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The Labour party will sit down with the EU's Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier tomorrow, but the EU commission has said the meeting "doesn't really change things".

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said his party is "ready to take up the responsibility for Brexit negotiations".

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However, speaking at a press conference today, Barnier said he will only negotiate with the UK government, and that he was meeting Labour at their request.

A European Commission spokesperson told City A.M. the meeting "doesn't really change things on our end".

Barnier is meeting with various UK politicians aside from Corbyn, including Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon and Welsh first minister Carwyn Jones, as he seeks out a broad range of opinions on Brexit.

Today the Brexit negotiator reiterated the EU's position that the UK must pay its so-called "Brexit bill" before discussions on a future trading relationship with the EU can start.

He said: "We are not asking the UK for a single euro or a single pound more than they have committed to providing."

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