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Brexit Series: Juncker assures of deal to diffuse media reports of Theresa May begging

European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker and his team rushed for damage control after a German media reported on his dinner with the British prime Minister Theresa May, where she is described as begging to the Commission chief to save her political career. Here is a part of that report, “Earlier this week, May and Juncker met again for dinner, this time in Brussels. But now everything was quite different. May did not give up, she begged for help. She talked about the risk she had received when she recently gave up the hard Brexit course and asked for a transitional period of two years, in which everything is going to be the same. She recalled that she had also moved on the delicate issue of finances. And she let them see that her friend and her enemy were sitting at the back of her neck, waiting for her to fall. She said she had no room for manoeuvre, said May that the Europeans would have to make it for them.

Theresa May seemed anxious to the President of the Commission, despondent and discouraged. A woman who hardly dares anybody but is not ready for an act of liberation. Mays facial expressions and their appearance were volumes. Thus Juncker later described it to his colleagues. Everyone can see this: The Prime Minister is drawn from the struggle with her own party. Under her eyes, she wears deep rings. She looks like someone who does not sleep for the night.”

You can read the full report here, http://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/ausland/brexit-verhandlungen-ohne-qualen-geht-es-nicht-15257859.html

Juncker, on a visit to Strasbourg University, said the claims and comments attributed to him in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) were untrue. He said, ““I am really surprised, if not shocked about what has been written in the German press, and of course repeated by the British press. Nothing is true in all of this. I had an excellent working dinner with Theresa May. She was in good shape, she was not tired, she was fighting as is her duty so everything for me was ok.” Mr. Juncker added that the European Union is not negotiating in a hostile mood and the Commission is looking for a fair deal with the European Union and expressed his confidence in securing an agreement, good for both the parties.

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