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    Tensions rise between EU and UK government

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    The health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has claimed that European officials in Brussels are trying to disrupt the Conservative Party’s campaign in the lead-up to the general election on 8 June. The allegation follows reports of a fallout between Theresa May, the Prime Minister, and Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, during a formal dinner with the latter stating that he was now “ten times more sceptical” of Mrs May’s Brexit approach. During an interview on the Andrew Marr Show (BBC 1), Mr. Hunt stated that this general election was particularly important as the Prime Minister would be handling negotiations with the EU which would have an impact on this country for many generations. Mr. Hunt also said that strong leadership would be required seeing as “some of them [the 27 remaining EU members] appear to think that for the EU to survive Britain must fall”. Mr. Hunt made reference to the formal dinner between Mrs. May and Mr. Juncker which he claims was leaked by European officials in an attempt to undermine the current Government. It has been reported in the German newspaper, Der Spiegel, that Chancellor Angela Merkel was very angry about the leaks, which are being blamed on Mr. Juncker and his Chief of Staff, Martin Selmayr. Meanwhile, Lord Kerr of Kinlochard, the former British ambassador to the EU who wrote Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty has criticized the UK government for spending “more time negotiating with itself” than talking to the 27 member states.

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