Donald Tusk steps in to relieve Brexit tensions

Elias Hubbard
May 14, 2017

He said he also wanted to speak French to be better understood in France ahead of Sunday's final presidential election round.

May used an extraordinary press conference outside Downing Street on Wednesday to accuse Brussels of trying to influence next month's general election with "threats against Britain" over Brexit talks.

"I think we have to be more civil about this".

The Prime Minister was outraged by Juncker's statements and said she was prepared to walk away from the Brexit negotiating table with no deal at all rather than a bad one.

The EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, is due to speak later on Friday, where he will elaborate on his plans to protect the rights of EU citizens in Britain and British nationals on the continent.

She added that the EU also must "limit the damage that Britain's withdrawal could bring for the European Union as a whole if the withdrawal and transition did not succeed".

"If you have an election campaign, the rhetoric gets sharper and more robust".

Details of the diplomatic dinner were leaked to the German press, describing how Juncker and Prime Minister Theresa May "clashed" over a number issues, with the Eurocrat quoted as saying he was "10 times more skeptical than I was before" about the prospects for negotiations.

"But in Brussels, we are very busy with our policy work".

"In the past, the European Union has done a little too much, even the Commission: too many rules, too much interference in the daily lives of our citizens".

Mr Tusk's call for discretion was thought to be aimed at EC President Jean-Claude Juncker, who reportedly called Mrs May "delusional" following the Downing Street dinner to discuss Brexit.

Labour says the local election results could show the huge gap could be inaccurate. In addition to the some 3.2 million European citizens in the United Kingdom, privileges must also apply to frontier workers who commute to Britain, people who have worked or lived in the the past and family members, including relatives who are not EU citizens, he said. "All of these acts have been deliberately timed to affect the result of the general election that will take place on June 8".

The Prime Minister took no questions after her speech to clarify her comments, which were widely through to relate to the Commission.

He said the EU's budget for the next few years had been decided together with Britain, which should pay their agreed contribution.

The senior Brussels bureaucrat made the mocking remark during a conference speech delivered in French after UK Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon advised that Brexit talks would be easier if commission officials "kept their views to themselves".

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