Jean-Claude Juncker admits leak of his Downing Street dinner with Theresa May was ‘serious mistake’

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The President of the European Commission insisted he was not responsible for the scathing account of his meeting with Mrs May, which was leaked to a Germany newspaper.

The Prime Minister subsequently accused the EU of trying to interfere in the General Election and “run over us” in Brexit talks.

The Prime Minister accused European politicians and officials of plotting to “deliberately affect” the result of next month’s poll by issuing “threats” against Britain.

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She said bureaucrats had “misrepresented” the UK’s position on Brexit, adding that some of them “do not want these talks to succeed”.

But in a bid to play down the diplomatic row Mr Juncker said: “I get along fine with May. She’s a tough lady.”

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Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, was reportedly annoyed by the leak and Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, called for more “discretion”.

Speaking after a meeting with the Queen to mark the dissolution of Parliament, Mrs May said that “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.”

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