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Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Theresa May accuses EU of trying to affect UK election (BBC News)

From BBC News - Theresa May has accused European politicians of making "threats" against Britain to try to influence the general election result.

Theresa May, quoted in The Guardian:

"Whoever wins on 8 June will face one overriding task: to get the best possible deal for this United Kingdom from Brexit.

And 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.

All of these acts have been deliberately timed to affect the result of the general election that will take place on 8 June.

By contrast, I made clear in my letter to the president of the European council invoking Article 50 last month that, in leaving the European Union, Britain means no harm to our friends and allies on the continent.

We continue to believe that no deal is better for Britain than a bad deal.

But we want a deal. We want a deep and special partnership with the European Union.

And we want the EU to succeed.

But 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.

So now more than ever we need to be led by a prime minister and a government that is strong and stable.

Because making Brexit a success is central to our national interest. And it is central to your own security and prosperity.

Because while there is enormous opportunity for Britain as we leave the European Union, if we do not get this right, the consequences will be serious.

And they will be felt by ordinary, working people across the country.

This Brexit negotiation is central to everything".

From EU Observer - EU outlines tough Brexit goals, seeks 'entente cordiale'

From Euro News

From The Telegraph - Germany 'interfering in General Election in attempt to undermine Theresa May'

From The Economist - The mysterious case of the missing prime minister

From Euronews, How Theresa May Took Britons Out of Europe (highly contentious opinion piece) - Jacek Rostowski, Poland’s Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister from 2007 to 2013

David Davis: European Commission trying to bully UK, BBC News -

"Clearly what was happening was the commission was trying to bully the British people - and the British people will not be bullied, and the government will not allow them to be bullied," Mr Davis said.

Brexit: English language 'losing importance' - EU's Juncker, BBC


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