Juncker ‘Trying to Get Me Sacked,’ U.K.’s Davis Tells Telegraph

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U.K. Brexit Secretary David Davis accused European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker of trying to get him fired, the Daily Telegraph reported, citing an interview.

Davis said Juncker has “learned his lesson” about “meddling in British politics” after details of a dinner last month with Prime Minister Theresa May were leaked.

“All these stories are briefing against me trying to get me sacked -- which of course is a compliment by the way,” the newspaper quoted Davis as saying. “If they don’t want me across the table, there is a reason for that – it is in Britain’s interests, not theirs.”

Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper reported that Juncker left the April 26 talks in London shocked at May’s reluctance to compromise and “ten times more skeptical” of reaching a mutually acceptable deal over Brexit. It said in a report on April 30 that the pair disagreed about the complexity involved in any agreement, about the sequencing of talks, and about budget contributions.

May initially dismissed the report as “Brussels gossip,” but later, in a statement outside her London residence, accused the EU of making “threats against Britain” and trying to influence the result of the U.K.’s June 8 general election.

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