Theresa May launches attack on EU leaders as UK election campaign begins
Theresa May, UK prime minister, yesterday accused the EU of attempting to influence the outcome of the upcoming UK general election.
Speaking outside Downing Street after visiting Buckingham Palace for the dissolution of parliament, Mrs. May accused EU leaders of wanting to weaken the UK’s position as Brexit negotiations begin.
"Britain's negotiating position in Europe has been misrepresented in the continental press”, she said. "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 dissolution of parliament formally marks the beginning of the election campaign. Polls show that the ruling Conservatives have a strong lead over Labour, the main opposition. The Conservatives won a surprise majority at the last general election in 2015 despite the polls consistently predicting that it would result in a ‘hung parliament’ where no party has an overall majority. This occurred in 2010 when the Conservatives formed a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats.