But just hours later, the Prime Minister rejected the Commission's stance, putting a heavy stress on the word "is" as she told MPs in the House of Commons: "As we look forward to the next stage, the ball is in their court".
According to Saturday's Telegraph, EU negotiators are seeking assurances from Corbyn that he will honor agreements already made during Brexit talks if he were to become prime minister before a deal is signed. I really do. I also hope that message comes from the businesses she is meeting today, such as GlaxoSmithKline, Vodafone and HSBC to hear what they want from talks on Britain's relationship with the European Union after Brexit. This is according to a report from the Guardian that states it would be possible to stop the UK's withdrawal from the European Union if MPs deem it not to be in the nation's best interest.
Mrs May had tried to reset the deadlocked negotiations by offering to agree to a transition agreement where policy trade policy would remain the same for another two years after we leave in March 2019.
Former prime minister Sir John Major hit out at the "self-absorbed" and "disloyal" behaviour of some Tories who are "driven by their own personal agenda" - comments viewed as a slapdown to Mr Johnson - while Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said being a politician should "never be about private ambition".
Theresa May nevertheless admitted that the course of the talks "will not always be smooth", however, in her opinion, the "spirit of friendship and cooperation" allows us to count on the final positive result.
"The truth is the overwhelming majority of Conservative MPs, the truth is the entirety of the cabinet, the truth is the overwhelming majority of people, want the prime minister to concentrate on doing the job that 14 million people elected her to do earlier this year", said United Kingdom environment secretary Michael Gove, who had been one of the leadership contenders for the Conservatives alongside May when David Cameron exited 10, Downing Street after the Brexit vote last year.
"One minute journalists are accusing me of being an ice maiden or a robot, then they claim I'm a weeping woman in dire need of a good night's sleep", she said.
He said: 'There is a clear sequencing to these talks and there has been so far no solution found on step one, which is the divorce proceedings.
"We are fast reaching the point when the prime minister should assert the authority of her office over the negotiations and call time", Bernard Jenkin, a Conservative lawmaker, wrote in the Guardian newspaper.
- Both sides can only resolve the problem of how much Britain owes the EU if they consider the future EU-UK relationship after the implementation period.
The UK will publish papers setting out plans for post-Brexit trade and customs regimes later on Monday, May's spokesman James Slack said. "That's why we are working to prevent it, with support of European Union".
This fifth round comes barely two weeks after the fourth.
May will be joined by finance minister Philip Hammond and Brexit secretary David Davis for the council meeting. "We should have no fears about a "no deal" scenario".