Saturday 19 August 2017

Here's Theresa May's full speech accusing 'some in Brussels' of trying to influence the UK election

By Kameron Virk

May said “threats” had been made against Britain by European officials.

Theresa May used her statement on Downing Street to accuse European politicians of seeking to influence the result of the UK’s General Election in June

There were nine mentions of the word “Brexit”, and all of the reaction to the speech has focused on the Prime Minister’s accusations, but you can hear what else May had to say – including on the economy, extremism and Scottish independence – in the full video of the speech below.

May’s speech came after meeting the Queen to mark the dissolution of Parliament, and she warned of how difficult it might be for the election’s victor to get the “best possible” Brexit deal for UK.

“In the last few days we have seen just how tough these talks are likely to be,” she said.

“Britain’s negotiating position in Europe has been misrepresented in the continental press. The European Commission’s negotiating stance has hardened.

“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 June 8.”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the Prime Minister was deploying distraction techniques.

“Theresa May is playing party games with Brexit in the hope of winning advantage for the Tories in the General Election.

“By winding up the public confrontation with Brussels, the Prime Minister wants to wrap the Conservative Party in the Union Jack and distract attention from her Government’s economic failure and run-down of our public services.

“But Brexit is too important to be used as a political game in this election.”

He added: “The Prime Minister says that no deal would lead to a different economic model for Britain.

“In plain terms, that means wiping out employment rights and consumer protections and giving still more tax breaks to the rich and big corporations.

“That’s the threat and the risk that comes from this Tory Government.

Only Labour can be trusted to negotiate a Brexit deal that puts jobs and living standards first.

“Labour will negotiate a Brexit for the many, not the few.”

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