British Prime Minister Theresa May has accused European Union officials of deliberately leaking misleading accounts of Brexit talks to affect the outcome of the UK election.
Theresa May has accused the European Union of seeking to influence the result of the General Election in an unprecedented attack.
The Prime Minister has claimed that the European Commission’s position had hardened over the last few weeks and that officials do not want Britain to “prosper.”
She also suggested that Britain’s negotiating position has been misrepresented in the European press.
Speaking outside No 10 after a meeting with the Queen, she cautioned Britain against letting the “bureaucrats of Brussels run over us”.
She said: “The events of the last few days have shown that whatever our wishes and however reasonable the positions of Europe’s other leaders, there are some in Brussels who do not want these talks to succeed, who do not want Britain to prosper.”
Her comments follow leaked reports from a Downing Street dinner in which Mrs May hosted European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier.
Mr Juncker reportedly left saying he was “10 times more sceptical” about the prospect of a deal.
Mrs May said the events of recent days showed “now more than ever we need to be led by a prime minister and a government that is strong and stable”.
In a statement after meeting the Queen to mark the dissolution of Parliament, she said the winner of the election would face “one overriding task”, getting the “best possible deal” for the UK.
“In the last few days we have seen just how tough these talks are likely to be,” she said.
“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.
“All of these acts have been deliberately timed to affect the result of the General Election that will take place on June 8.”
It comes after a war of words broke out over the cost of Britain’s exit from the European Union.
David Davis, the Brexit Secretary, insisted this morning that Britain will not pay a ‘divorce bill’ from the EU of up to €100 billion.
It had been believed Brussels was seeking a “divorce deal” of up to €60 billion (£50.7bn), but added demands by the EU could send the figure soaring, according to the Financial Times.