Brexit Latest: UK Government 'will not enter briefing war' with European Commission
The Conservative government has said the UK 'will not enter briefing war' with the European Commission after reports emerged over the weekend of 'disastrous' early negotiations. The Tradefair team brings you the latest news on Brexit...
“I’m leaving Downing Street ten-times more sceptical than I was before.”
- Jean-Claude Juncker, Commission President.
The UK will not enter a "briefing war" with the European Commission, sources from the Conservative party have said.
Brexit negotiations have become more tense over the past few days, with reports from a German newspaper of repeated clashes between Theresa May and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.
The sources say the friction is being caused by a lack of understanding and ignorance from the UK about the necessary processes that Brussels needs to go through for the exit to happen.
Writing for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeiting, Thomas Gutschker described a disastrous meeting between Theresa May and the Commission President.
Sceptical of Downing Street
According to the report, the event left Juncker convinced that Brexit talks have at least a 50% chance of failing and collapsing without a deal.
"I'm leaving Downing Street ten-times more sceptical than I was before," he allegedly told May as they went their separate ways.
However, Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the reports were "tittle-tattle" and that the UK was committed to negotiating in "good faith".
These tensions are coming at a time when the Prime Minister has called a snap election, meaning that all major leaders are busy rallying for the support of the British public.
The Conservative Party has been in a comfortable position, with people suggesting that this may be the real reason why the Prime Minister has rushed voters back to the polls.
Figures indicate that May is the most popular leader for more than four decades in the UK, and her government stands a very good chance of increasing its lead on June 8. However, the Prime Minister has said the decision was to bring Westminster together in a time when it is divided.
A fight for Westminster
Although the polls strongly suggest there will be a comfortable win for the Conservatives, it doesn't necessarily mean they will get the additional seats they want in the House of Commons.
There will be 650 seats up for grabs in the election and more than just the main two parties ready to claim them. The Tories will be looking to snatch a few seats from Labour, but could also stand to lose some after the Liberal Democrats have had a recent surge in popularity.
The Lib Dems, who lost a staggering 49 of its 57 seats in the last election, is now pledging to save as many ties with the EU as possible, including membership of the single market and freedom of movement.
Tim Farron and his party will hope that voters who wanted to Remain and unhappy Leavers will back them in the General Election.
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