Theresa May has accused European politicians and officials of seeking to influence the result of the UK’s General Election as the war of words over Brexit intensified.
The Prime Minister used a Downing Street statement to claim that the UK’s position had been misrepresented and the European Commission’s position had hardened.
“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, who do not want Britain to prosper,” she said.
In a statement after meeting the Queen to mark the dissolution of Parliament, Mrs May said the victor of the June 8 election would face “one overriding task”, getting the “best possible deal” for the UK.
“In the last few days we have seen just how tough these talks are likely to be,” she said.
“Britain’s negotiating position in Europe has been misrepresented in the continental press. 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 that will take place on June 8.” Mrs May warned of “serious consequences” if Brexit negotiations went wrong. She said: “If we do not get this right, the consequences will be serious and they will be felt by ordinary working people across the country.
“This Brexit negotiation is central to everything. “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. “If we do not stand up and get this negotiation right we risk the secure and well-paid jobs we want for our children and our children’s children too.
“If we don’t get the negotiation right, if we let the bureaucrats of Brussels run over us, we will lose the chance to build a fairer society with real opportunity for all.” Mrs May said voters faced a “very simple” choice on June 8 between her and Jeremy Corbyn.
“With me you will get strong and stable leadership and an approach to Brexit that locks in economic growth, jobs for our children and strong finances for the NHS and the country’s schools,” she said.
“Or you will get Jeremy Corbyn with a hung parliament and a coalition of chaos.
“Britain will simply not get the right Brexit deal if we have the drift and division of a hung parliament.
“So, with Jeremy Corbyn negotiating Brexit, we will all pay a high price.”