Brussels targets UK EXPATS: EU ‘planned for weeks’ to CRUSH May’s expat rights’ deal

THE European Union secretly plotted to destroy Theresa May’s plans to secure a deal to secure rights for expats post-Brexit.

European Commission president, Jean Claude Juncker, reportedly claimed he was left reeling when May’s Brexit team requested a plan on the table by the end of next month.But it has been revealed Theresa May had already made the demand to European Council president Donald Tusk three weeks ago in a meeting on April 6, the Telegraph reported.

And the Brussels bloc has been plotting to thwart the move by Mrs May ever since.

Brexit_MayGETTY                It is claimed EU negotiators have been planning on quashing a migrant deal for weeks

Brexit_JunckerGETTY              Jean Claude-Juncker claimed Mrs May’s Brexit vision was ‘from another galaxy’

From what I have seen of this account, I think it is Brussels gossip

Theresa May

Five days after the meeting between Mr Tusk and Mrs May, the EU leader’s chief of staff, Piotr Serafin, told officials at a follow-up discussion the goal of achieving a deal by the end of June was probably “not feasible”.And a source told the Telegraph: “Serafin warned everyone present that it was very important not to give the impression that the EU was blocking an early agreement on citizens’ rights.”

EU chiefs have been attacked over the revelation, with Brussels accused of playing a “stupid game” and sacrificing rights of EU and British citizens for a financial payout.

May_negsGETTY                  The PM is looking to secure rights for UK citizens living in Europe

At last week’s meeting, which has kicked up a storm of controversy, Mr Juncker is alleged to have told the Prime Minister the EU is “not a golf club” where members can quit when they want and said her approach to divorce talks were from a “a different galaxy”.German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung claimed the EU chief said he left Downing Street “10 times more sceptical” about Brexit than before his visit.

Former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith accused EU bigwig Juncker of “self-aggrandisement”, adding: “It’s clear and obvious that Juncker briefed this story with the sole intention of making himself look good.

“This is all part of his self-aggrandisement and if nothing demonstrates that the vote last year to leave was a good decision it is this miserable and rude action of the president of the EU.”

Mrs May hit back furiously at Mr Juncker’s alleged remarks, claiming the two accounts of the meeting were at odds with each other.

Campaigning in Ormskirk in Lancashire, the former Home Secretary said: “From what I have seen of this account, I think it is Brussels gossip.

“Look at what the European Commission themselves said immediately after the dinner took place which was that the talks had been constructive.”

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