Alastair Campbell, who has campaigned for a second referendum on any Brexit deal, has said that the Labour leader is aware that talks with Theresa May are “an obvious trap”.
He told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer: “Jeremy Corbyn is 100 per cent aware that the talks are potentially a trap.
“It is an obvious trap because if they were a serious grown-up government she would have told him in advance what she was going to say.”
However, the former Downing Street Press Secretary added that the talks could also be an “opportunity” for Mr Corbyn.
“He can ask for ruling out no-deal, an extension and a People’s Vote attached to any outcome.
“It is also very hard now for Mrs May to bang on about Mr Corbyn being unfit to be prime minister when she has asked him to help her do the job.”
Mr Campbell also suggested that the prime minister should be “punished” for spending money on no-deal preparations when she does not seem to be willing to leave without a deal.
He said: “She should be punished for the waste of money of preparing for something that she never intended to do.
“The EU never believed it was going to happen. Businesses have also spent millions preparing for it.”