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EU spokesman rejects British PM's claim of election meddling

Xinhua | Updated: 2017-05-04 20:50

BRUSSELS -- The European Union (EU) on Thursday rejected British Prime Minister Theresa May's claim that "bureaucrats" in Brussels was trying to affect the upcoming snap election in Britain and ruin Brexit talks.

Speaking at the midday briefing, Margaritis Schinas, the European Commission's chief spokesperson, said the EU is too busy to care about British election.

"We are not naive, we know that there is an election taking place in the United Kingdom," he said. "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."

"We are very busy and we will not Brexitize our work," he said.

"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.

British Prime Minister Theresa 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.

"The European Commission's negotiating stance has hardened. Threats against Britain have been issued by European politicians and officials," May said.

The British prime minister said these acts had been deliberately timed to affect the result of the upcoming general election.

May and the Conservative Party remain well ahead in the opinion polls, pointing to a victory for May with an increased majority on June 8 if the pollsters are right.

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