BBC Politics Live host Elizabeth Glinka was forced to intervene in the fiery clash between Lord Callanan and the BBC editor as the Tory Brexit Minister attempted to interrupt Ms Kuenssberg as she claimed EU leaders are “worried about who might take over from Theresa May”. As the Conservative peer was told to “hold on”, Ms Kuenssberg continued: “It is absolutely the case that they are very worried about who might win the contest.
“And that, in fact, was one of the dynamics of the negotiations.
“One of the things and conditions that they wanted to get out of the UK was basically a promise that even if there was a change of leader – and they are particularly worried about a more Brexiteer leader coming along, whether or not that would be Dominic Raab or Boris Johnson or whoever else from that side of the Tory Party.
“So they wanted assurances that the new Prime Minister would not just come up and try to tear up whatever had been done.
“Now, in the end, the conditions weren’t actually ‘sort of punitive’.
“The UK made a promise of good behaviour because as a grown-up country whoever that next person will be would also want to do a trade deal with the EU.
“So perhaps it was a bit of paranoia on the EU side.
“But the idea that the EU would rather change leader is not the sense you get when you’re in Brussels.”
It comes as the Prime Minister was granted a further extension to the Brexit process by EU leaders in Brussels on Wednesday.
The new Brexit date has now been pushed to October 31, forcing the UK to participate in the European Parliament election in May.
Following the announcement of the extension, former Brexit secretary David Davis said pressure on Theresa May to quit as Prime Minister will increase.
Mr Davis said: “I think what is likely to happen is the pressure for her to go will go up. The pressure on her to go will increase dramatically, I suspect, now. Whether it will come to anything – who knows?”
“We are now in a position, astonishingly, of going into six months in which we will have a European election which will cost £100million to have.
“And if we go to this timetable, those MEPs who are elected will sit for about three or four weeks at the end of the summer.
“And then we will be back in the same place in October. So, it’s really, really difficult to see how this has been progress at all.”