Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, was made “furious” due to the leaks from Brexit talks regarding Theresa May as Berlin worries that her leadership could come to an end if attacks against her persist.
Theresa May reportedly “begged for help” according to details regarding a dinner between European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and the prime minister that was published by Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, a German newspaper, on Sunday.
Merkel was reportedly furious about the leaks, as she believes that hostility from Europe could weaken Theresa May and mean that she is replaced by a candidate such as Boris Johnson, who would take a much more hardline approach on Brexit.
A senior Berlin source informed The Times: “Angela Merkel is furious at these reports. It is known that she has lost patience with the British Conservatives but the last thing she wants is for Theresa May to be replaced in the middle of the Brexit negotiations.”
Merkel is angered by the Tories not providing more information regarding their plans for Brexit. However, she does not want negotiations to fail as this would badly hurt European economies and possibly result in a no-deal scenario.
According to the said leaks, May seemed “anxious… despondent and discouraged,” and had “deep rings” under her eyes due to the “enemies at her neck… waiting for her to fall.”
Juncker claimed that he does not have any idea about who was behind the said leaks and that the reports were not true.
Juncker stated: “I am really surprised – if not shocked – about what has been written in the German press, and of course repeated by the British press. Nothing is true in all of this.
“I had an excellent working dinner with Theresa May. She was in good shape; she was not tired, she was fighting as is her duty, so everything for me was OK.”
When Juncker was asked whether May had “begged for help” as she was having a hard time to hold her cabinet together, Juncker stated: “No, that’s not the style of British prime ministers.”