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>> Brussels is brushing aside Theresa May claim that the EU is trying to influence the UK's election next month. The British Prime Minister surprising many with her accusations on Wednesday, after damning reports of a dinner disaster between May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.>> Britain's negotiating position in Europe has been misrepresented in the continental press.
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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 the eighth of June.>> Reuters deputy bureau chief in Brussels Jan Strupczewski says many there believe it's an attempt by May to rally Brits to her cause.
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>> To kill two birds with one stone, she's also trying to discourage any further critique from Brussels by lashing out so strongly at the first possible opportunity. These comments were unusual. It is very rare. I can't frankly remember the last time that the prime minister of a European Union country, and a large one at that, would accuse Brussels of trying to meddle with the elections.
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>> Brexit negotiations are a hot topic, and the comments are seen as part of May's domestic campaign. Her Conservative Party has a double-digit lead over main opposition Labour in the polls. And the prime minister has framed the early election as an opportunity to strengthen her hand in the upcoming talks.
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The impact of her comments on this perhaps likely to be limited.>> The talks are to last for two years, so it's a long-term project, and therefore comments made here or there at any point in time can set the mood for a short time, but not alter the course of negotiations in a significant way.
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>> Public displays of brinkmanship are what's made the headlines since divorce papers were lodged in March. Now May will want to prove that despite the sparring, she can still strike a successful deal.