THERESA MAY was roundly dismissed by EU bureaucrats yesterday for claiming that they were seeking to influence the British general election.
European Parliament President Antonio Tajani rebuffed Ms May’s bizarre yet cynical accusation that unnamed “European politicians and officials” are issuing deliberately timed threats to influence voters.
Mr Tajani, who visited Ms May in No 10 last month, said: “If you have an election campaign, the rhetoric gets sharper and more robust. I don’t think there is any question of influencing the campaign.”
The EU diplomat rejected her assertion hours after a spokesman for European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said his office was “too busy” to think of meddling.
“We have too much to do on our plate. So, in a nutshell, we are very busy. And we will not Brexitise our work,” Mr Juncker’s spokesman told reporters.
“To put it in the words of an EU diplomat, the 30-minute slot that we are going to devote to Brexit per week, for this week it’s up.”
The Brussels interference rumour emerged after a German newspaper published an account of Ms May’s meeting with Mr Juncker and Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier in Downing Street last week.
The meeting reportedly ended with Mr Juncker saying he was “10 times more sceptical” of the likelihood of a successful Brexit.