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The European Commission has said it is “too busy” to engage in a slanging match with London in response accusations from Theresa May that the bloc was trying to “interfere” in the UK’s general election, and said that its “30-minute slot” for discussing Brexit was already up for this week.

“We are not naive, we know that there is an election taking place in the UK and people get excited whenever we have elections,” said Margaritis Schinas, the Commission’s chief spokesperson. “We are too busy to engage in who said this and that.”

The Commission added that it was “rather busy with our policy work – we have too much on our plate” and said it refused to “Brexitise” its daily work.

“To put it in the word of an EU diplomat – the 30-minute slot that we were going to devote to Brexit per week is up”, added Mr Schinas, in reference to Jean-Claude Juncker’s comments that the Commission will not spend more than half an hour each week looking at Brexit.

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