Thursday 17 August 2017

It's fanciful to claim EU can influence election

British Prime Minister Theresa May. Photo: GETTY
British Prime Minister Theresa May. Photo: GETTY
Editorial

Editorial

The poisonous atmosphere between London and Brussels got worse yesterday with British Prime Minister Theresa May accusing European politicians of making "threats" to try to influence the UK's general election result.

An election campaign will always result in a ramping up of rhetoric. In this case, the British PM is largely responding to spin coming from Brussels about No 10 Downing Street's naïve outlook on the Brexit negotiations.

The prime minister launched a stinging attack on the "bureaucrats of Brussels" in a speech outside Downing Street after meeting Queen Elizabeth II to dissolve the parliament and allow a general election.

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