British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday accused European Union officials of trying to influence the UK elections, ratcheting up tensions with Brussels over her country’s departure from the bloc.
Just hours after the EU unveiled its plan for Brexit talks, which delays discussion on vital issues such as trade, May said that “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,” she told reporters outside 10 Downing Street, in a speech aimed at rallying support for her Conservative Party ahead of the snap general election to be held on June 8.
“I think it’s a massive escalation and it’s truly extraordinary language,” said Al Jazeera’s Paul Brennan, reporting from London.
Brennan said May had offered no specific proof or examples of how the EU had allegedly interfered in the UK’s democratic election process.
[Adapted From Al Jazeera]
“It’s almost pressing the nuclear button on the Brexit talks and it certainly doesn’t bode well for an accommodating spirit as the talks actually get started in the middle of June,” said Brennan.