U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May has accused the European Union of not wanting Brexit negotiations to be a success, as tensions between both sides escalate ahead of official talks.
"The events of the last few days have shown that - whatever our wishes, and however reasonable the positions of Europe's other leaders - there are some in Brussels who do not want these talks to succeed," May said Wednesday afternoon outside Downing Street.
Her comments follow media reports that the EU's Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker left London "10 times more skeptical" than he was before after a dinner with Prime Minister May last week. Their meeting has been described in the press as a disaster with both leaders clashing over key negotiating issues.
Earlier on Wednesday, Juncker described May as a "tough woman". May has said that she will be a "bloody difficult woman" during Brexit talks.
Speaking outside Downing Street, the head of the Conservative party went further and accused the European Union of wanting to interfere in the upcoming general election.
"Britain's negotiating position in Europe has been misrepresented in the continental press. The European Commission's negotiating stance has hardened.Threats against Britain have been issued by European politicians and officials. All of these acts have been deliberately timed to affect the result of the general election that will take place on 8 June," the prime minister said.
Theresa May called a snap election, hoping to increase her parliamentary majority and her negotiating power with Brussels.