'Negotiations like a boxing match' - ombudsman
EU ombudsman Emily O'Reilly has compared the escalating war of words over Brexit to a boxing match, saying talks can't continue at the same "pitch".
Her comments follow a week in which UK Prime Minister Theresa May accused the EU of interfering in the UK election, while EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker reportedly described her as delusional.
"You can't continue negotiations at that pitch," Ms O'Reilly told the Irish Independent. "It reminds me of before a boxing match, the weigh-in beforehand, where they all face off against each other, throw insults and then the match begins."
Ms O'Reilly also said a declaration on Irish unity may prove divisive.