Theresa May accuses EU of trying to undermine UK election

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UK Prime Minister Theresa May has lashed out at European politicians and officials who she said had issued threats “deliberately timed to affect the result” of the UK’s upcoming election.

Speaking outside 10 Downing Street after a meeting with the Queen to mark the dissolution of parliament ahead of the vote in June, Mrs May said some EU counterparties “do not want Britain to prosper” from the Brexit talks.

She denounced “threats” from the European side of Brexit negotiations, in a plea for support from UK voters at the June 8 general election.

Mrs May lashed out at the “bureaucrats of Brussels” who she said were acting in a coordinated fashion to “affect the result” of the election:

The European Commission’s negotiating stance has hardened…

Britain’s negotiating position has been misrepresented in the European press… The events of the last few days have shown that some in Brussels do not want these talks to succeed.

She reiterated her view that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn represents the possibility of a “coalition of chaos” running the country, and proclaimed her own ability to deliver “strong and stable leadership”, an increasingly well-worn mantra from this campaign.

The comments mark a significantly more hostile approach towards the EU as the Brexit talks get under way in earnest, and they come after suggestions that the UK’s ‘bill’ for leaving the EU could be as high as €100bn.

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