Donald Tusk calls on Theresa May not to let 'emotions get out of hand' amid Brexit row

Posted On: 
4th May 2017

Donald Tusk has urged Theresa May not to let "emotions get out of hand" after she accused Brussels of trying to interfere in the general election.

European Council president Donald Tusk has called for calm ahead of the Brexit negotiations.
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The European Council president said the upcoming talks "will become impossible" unless tensions on both sides are ratcheted down.

Mrs May made her incendiary claim in a speech on the steps of Downing Street yesterday.

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That followed reports in the German press of her dinner in Number 10 last week with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker.

He was reported to have called Angela Merkel the morning after to claim Mrs May was "on another galaxy" with her approach to Brexit.

In her speech, Mrs May said: "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."

Speaking in Brussels today, Mr Tusk said: "These negotiations are difficult enough as they are. If we start arguing before they even begin they will become impossible.

"The stakes are too high to let our emotions get out of hand because at stake are the daily lives and interests of millions of people on both sides of the Channel.

"We must keep in mind that in order to succeed we need today discretion, moderation, mutual respect and a maximum of goodwill."

Mr Tusk also re-inforced his message on Twitter, where he has more than half a million followers.





Meanwhile, European Parliament president Antonio Tajani has denied that Brussels is trying to interfere in the UK general election.

He said: "No one is trying to influence the outcome the election campaign in the United Kingdom.

"It is better to have an interlocutor who is not constantly looking for votes because they have had the election, in order to work towards a good solution. If you have an election campaign, the rhetoric gets sharper and more robust. I don’t think there is any question of influencing the campaign."