London (May 03, 2017): Theresa May has accused European politicians of making “threats” against Britain to try to influence the general election result.
The PM launched a stinging attack on the “bureaucrats of Brussels” in a speech outside 10 Downing Street after meeting the Queen.She said some in Brussels wanted Brexit talks to fail.Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said she was “playing party games with Brexit” to try to win the general election.
Parliament was dissolved at midnight, meaning the election is formally under way, and the PM made her speech after visiting the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
She said events of the past few days had shown “just how tough” Brexit talks are likely to be.
“Britain’s negotiating position in Europe has been misrepresented in the continental press,” she said, in a reference to a German newspaper’s account of her dinner with the EU Commission chief.
“The European Commission’s negotiating stance has hardened. Threats against Britain have been issued by European politicians and officials.
Mrs May said she wanted to reach a Brexit deal, and for 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.”
The PM also warned of “serious” consequences if the Brexit talks failed, which would be felt by “ordinary, working people across the country”.
“If we don’t get the negotiation right, your economic security and prosperity will be put at risk and the opportunities you seek for your families will simply not happen.