The UK PM met Juncker last Wednesday (26 May) for dinner in London, ahead of talks over Britain’s departure from the EU that are expected to begin after the country’s snap general election on 8 June. Both sides said afterwards the meeting had been constructive.
But Juncker was quoted on Sunday (30 April) by Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper (FAZ) as saying he left Downing Street “10 times more sceptical than I was before”, suggesting he and May did not see eye to eye on a range of issues.
A British government spokesperson said London does not recognise that account of events, and May addressed the issue directly in comments to supporters during an election campaign stop in north-west England.
“I have to say, that from what I’ve seen of this account, I think it’s Brussels gossip,” May said, adding again that the meeting had been constructive.