Brexit minister Davis says European Union trying to bully Britain

Brexit minister Davis says European Union trying to bully Britain

Brexit minister Davis says European Union trying to bully Britain

The dig came as Juncker prepared to give a speech in French on Friday morning. "I will express myself in French because slowly but surely English is losing its importance in Europe and then the French will have elections next Sunday and I would like them to understand what I'm saying about Europe", he said.

The argument was triggered by leaks from a Downing Street dinner where Mrs May hosted Mr Juncker and the European Commission's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier. Of course we will negotiate with our British friends in full transparency.

Attempting to get the process back on an even footing, Donald Tusk, the EU Council President, called for "discretion, moderation and mutual respect" from both parties, The Telegraph has reported, warning: "These negotiations are hard enough as they are".

The president of the European parliament, Antonio Tajani, told the Florence conference that no one was looking to undermine May, who says she called the snap election to strengthen her hand in the Brexit negotiations.

European Union officials, however, have said that the outcome of the election would have no leverage on the Brexit talks.

"These negotiations are hard enough as they are", Mr Tusk told reporters.

The UK only joined in 1973, but over the years English became a main working language of EU institutions and officials in Brussels and Strasbourg and at the European Central Banks in Frankfurt.

Sir Michael, asked if it would be easier if Mr Tusk and others did not comment on what is going on, told BBC Radio 4's Today: "Well, it'd certainly be easier if commission officials kept their views to themselves and not further complicate what is already going to be a tough negotiation".

David Davis has accused the European Commission of "trying to bully the British people" following negative stories about Brexit negotiations. The PM told press outside Downing Street on Wednesday: "Britain's negotiating position has been misrepresented in the continental press. these acts have been deliberately timed to affect the result of the United Kingdom general election that will take place on the 8th June".

Britain launched two years of exit talks on March 29 and is set to leave in 2019.

Negotiator Michel Barnier said preserving the rights of European Union citizens and their families are his main priority in negotiations, and that British assurances are needed to build trust.

He supported May's belligerent rhetoric too, saying the PM "was right to point out to everybody that these negotiations are going to be not just hard, but extremely tough, and to rightly point out how they are going to be dealt with". May had initially dismissed the FAZ report as "Brussels gossip" before making her accusation of European Union interference in the election.

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