Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Germany ‘MEDDLING with General Election in a bid to undermine Theresa May and Brexit’

GERMANY has been accused of trying to influence the General Election by undermining Theresa May in a bid to sway Brexit talks, it has been claimed.Allies of the Prime Minister are said to be concerned that Germany, working alongside the European Union, has started its very own “project fear”. German officials have accused the Conservative leader of being “delusional” just weeks ahead of the election, which has raised concerns it could sway voters away from Mrs May towards EU negotiators. An ally close to Mrs May told the Telegraph: “There is a long-standing tradition that countries do not involve themselves in the elections of other countries, and they seem to be breaking that.”Tory MP Sir Bill Cash, chairman of the Commons European scrutiny committee, claimed he was “certain” that Germany and the EU were trying to influence the General Election by undermining Mrs May. He said: “What they are doing is trying to exploit a new kind of project fear and that is not going to work on the British people. “They are also trying to use negotiations as a means of influencing the German general election later this year.“They are playing an unwise and dangerous game and I think they have been working towards this for a long time.” Just days ago Germany’s minister for the state of Europe, Michael Roth, dismissed Mrs May as believing in a “fairy tale” regarding Brexit. Angela Merkel last week suggested Britain had “illusions” about its EU divorce and reportedly received a call from the European Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, claiming Mrs May was “living in another galaxy”. Mrs May has vowed to walk away from the EU without a deal if Britain is offered a bad Brexit agreement and also warned Mr Juncker she was prepared to be a “bloody difficult woman” in negotiations.She told the BBC: "Look, I think what we've seen recently is that at times these negotiations are going to be tough."Now during the Conservative Party leadership campaign I was described by one of my colleagues as a bloody difficult woman. And I said at the time the next person to find that out will be Jean-Claude Juncker." Guy Verhofstadt, the lead Brexit negotiator for the European Parliament, also took a swipe at Mrs May’s campaign slogan of “strong and stable leadership” by telling her “it’s time to get real”. He said: “Any Brexit deal requires a strong & stable understanding of the complex issues involved. The clock is ticking - it's time to get real.”
 http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/799453/General-Election-2017-Theresa-May-Germany-interfering-undermining-Brexit-talks

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