May to be sidelined during Brexit talks

The EU is set to limit the role that the UK's PM will have during the negotiating process...

May to be sidelined during Brexit talks

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British Prime Minister, Theresa May, is set to be excluded from formal Brexit negotiations by the EU.

Leaders from across the EU will meet without Ms May throughout the negotiations, only Michel Barnier, European Commission’s chief negotiator, will speak with British officials, according to The Times.

Since she called a snap General Election, Ms May has pledged to hold talks with "prime ministers, presidents and chancellors of Europe" to secure the best possible Brexit deal for the UK.

However, the European Commission said that there will be no talks between EU leaders and the British PM.

"No. The commission is the union negotiator and Michel Barnier is the person who will negotiate on behalf of the EU. We are very clear about that," a spokesperson from the Commission said.

This news comes days after reports emerged of a disastrous meeting between Ms May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. Both the PM and Mr Juncker have disputed the accuracy of those reports.

Theresa May has accused European politicians and officials of seeking to influence the result of the UK's general election following a series of Brexit leaks - including reports that the UK will face a €100bn 'divorce bill' when it leaves.