>> Brussels gossip or Brexit brinkmanship? When Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker met Wednesday, the tone was officially described as constructive. But new media reports say EU Commission Chief Juncker said the meeting made him ten times more skeptical about a deal. German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine now calling it the disastrous Brexit dinner.
Downing Street have dismissed it all as tittle tattle, but Reuters Westminster watcher Elizabeth Piper says this story might be hard to ignore.>> A German newspaper reported that Juncker told Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, that Theresa May lived on a different galaxy. That she had very little comprehension of how the EU worked, and that her strategy was just not going to work at all.
>> UK government sources reportedly say they won't enter into a briefing war with Brussels, and the saga might even go down well on British doorsteps, as Theresa May campaigns ahead of June's general election.>> This plays into their election campaign. She has said today, before campaigning in the Southwest of England, that this report shows that the EU-27 are lining up against her to win a deal that's good for them, but not for Britain.
So she's asking British voters to vote for her to strengthen her hand in these talks, and to back her vision of Brexit Britain.>> Tittle tattle or home truth? The exact details may never be known. But more rumors, reports, leaks, and spin are the one of the few certainties of the upcoming Brexit talks.