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Europe calls for mutual respect amid election spat with London

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Staff Writer | May 5, 2017
European Council President Donald Tusk called for "mutual respect," one day after British Prime Minister Theresa May claimed that "bureaucrats" in Brussels was trying to affect the upcoming snap election in Britain and ruin Brexit talks.
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"Brexit talks are difficult enough. If emotions get out of hand, they'll become impossible. Discretion, moderation and mutual respect needed," Tusk tweeted, alluding to May's remarks.

"At stake are the daily lives and interests of millions of people on both sides of the Channel, " he added.

An spokesperson of the European Commission earlier also brushed aside May's claim, saying the EU is too busy to care about British election.

"This election in the United Kingdom is mainly about Brexit, but we here in Brussels, we are rather busy with our policy work, we have too much to do on our plate," said Margaritis Schinas, the European Commission's chief spokesperson.

"When we have a British government immediately after the UK election, we'll be very busy in engaging constructively in Article 50 negotiation for which we are ready," he added.

May on Wednesday made her most stinging remark so far against EU "bureaucrats" in Brussels, accusing them of trying to ruin Brexit talks.

In her briefing outside 10 Downing Street, May said the events of the last few days had shown that whatever Britain's wishes, there were some people in Brussels who did not want Brexit talks to succeed and did not want Britain to prosper.


 

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