Theresa May warns Jean-Claude Juncker she will be 'bloody difficult' in fresh war of words
Theresa May has warned Jean-Claude Juncker she will be "bloody difficult" in the Brexit negotiations as a fresh war of words between London and Brussels broke out.
The Prime Minister's comments followed reports of a tense Downing Street dinner between the Prime Minister and the European Commission president last week.
Mr Juncker is reported to have told Mrs May that Brexit "cannot be a success" and later told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that the Prime Minister was "deluding herself".
In an interview with the BBC, Mrs May again dismissed the reports as "Brussels gossip" - but made clear her frustration with Mr Juncker.
Referring to comments made about her last summer by Ken Clarke, she said: "I think what we've seen recently is that at times these negotiations are going to be tough. Now during the Conservative Party leadership campaign I was described by one of my colleagues as a 'bloody difficult woman'. And I said at the time the next person to find that out will be Jean-Claude Juncker."
The Prime Minister added: "These are going to be tough negotiations as we as we go ahead. I'm asking the British people to give me a mandate to go into those negotiations. Every vote for me and my team is a vote to strengthen our hand in ensuring that we get the best possible deal for the United Kingdom."
Elsewhere in the interview, Mrs May insisted that she will serve a full term until 2022 if the Tories win the election.
Before the last election, David Cameron revealed that he would not stand for a third term in office - leading critics to claim he was a "lame duck".
Asked if she would serve another five years in office, Mrs May said: "I have no intention of doing anything other than serving the full term until 2022 because this is, as I say, an important time for our country and what we do over the next five years could change our country for the better for the future and truly make it a country that works for everyone, not just the privileged few. That's what I'm in it for."