BRITISH Prime Minister Theresa
May on Wednesday accused
European politicians and officials
of seeking to affect the outcome
of the June 8 national election by
issuing threats over Brexit.
Speaking in front of her Downing
Street office after visiting Queen
Elizabeth to mark the dissolution of
parliament, the formal start of the
election campaign, May said there
were some in Brussels who did not
want to see Brexit talks succeed.
Over the weekend a German
newspaper gave a damning
account of talks last week between
May and European Commission
President Jean-Claude Juncker reporting that he had told May
during a dinner at Downing Street
that Brexit could not be a success.
“In the last few days we have
seen just how tough these talks are
likely to be. Britain’s negotiating
position in Europe has been
misrepresented in the continental
press, the European Commission’s
negotiating stance has hardened,
threats against Britain have been
issued by European politicians and
officials,” she said.
“All of these acts have been
deliberately timed to affect the
result of the general election.”
May, whose Conservative Party
have a double-digit lead in the polls, said reaching the best Brexit
deal would be the overriding
task for whoever wins the June
8 election and called on voters to
give her their backing to “fight
for Britain”.
She said that while Britain
wanted to reach a deal with the
EU, that view was not shared by
everyone in Brussels.
“The events of the last few days
have shown that, whatever our
wishes and however reasonable
the positions of Europe are
other leaders – there are some in
Brussels who do not want these
talks to succeed. Who do not
want Britain to prosper?”

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