May refuses to face questions on Brexit

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Theresa May continues to avoid questions about her approach to Brexit negotiations, after an account of a disastrous meeting between the Prime Minister and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was leaked to the German press.

According to one account of the dinner meeting published by the German newspaper, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, Juncker’s last words to the prime minister as he left were: “I’m leaving Downing Street 10 times more sceptical than I was before”.

May tried to dismiss the comments from EU leaders that the UK’s negotiating position was not based in reality as “Brussels gossip”, but continues to refuse to answer questions about her approach to Brexit or any of her other policy positions for the UK in the future.

Instead, May again repeated the line that a vote for her and the Conservatives in the upcoming election was a vote for a “strong and stable leadership“.

The prime minister’s attempts to hide from the cameras continued in Cornwall today, as her team refused to allow Cornwall Live to film her on the campaign trail, and only allowed journalists from the publication to ask her two questions, without follow up. Journalists were also blocked by her team from broadcasting a video of the prime minister on Facebook Live.

Elsewhere, questions have been raised about a possible conflict of interest between Theresa May and her husband, Philip, over his job at the global investment firm Capital Group. The company, which manages $1.4 trillion (£1.08 trillion) of assets for corporations and high net worth individuals, could in theory benefit from early access to market-sensitive early information about the Brexit negotiations. There is no allegation that wrongdoing has taken place, and an article in Byline magazine has resulted in a denial that any conflict exists by the Cabinet Office.

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