Asked about the threat Vladimir Putin may pose to the June 8 vote, she said: ‘Relatively recently the Government opened the new cyber security centre which is a very important step forward.'That centre has already been working with the political parties, offering them advice on how they can protect themselves against the possibility of cyber intrusion.‘But as far as I am concerned, we do everything we can to ensure that the elections here in this United Kingdom are free and fair.’ 'If we don't get the negotiation right, if we let the bureaucrats of Brussels run over us, we will lose the chance to build a fairer society with real opportunity for all.'The choice the country faces now is very simple.
Because there are only two people who can possibly be Prime Minister after June 8 to negotiate Brexit.'It is a choice between me – and Jeremy Corbyn.' Mr Corbyn said the PM was using Brexit for a 'political game'.
Brussels has mocked Theresa May's explosive claims bureaucrats were meddling in the General Election by claiming they were 'too busy' to interfere.
A spokesman for EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Brussels has 'too much to do on our plate' to dwell on Brexit.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel told the Bundestag last week: 'A third-party state, and that's what Britain will be, cannot and will not have at its disposal the same rights, or be in a better position than members of the European Union.'I have to say this clearly here because I get the feeling that some people in Britain continue to work under illusions, and that is a waste of time.'EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier jibed at Mrs May today: 'Some have created the illusion that Brexit will have no material impact on our lives or that negotiations can be concluded quickly and easily.' Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament's Brexit co-ordinator, mocked Mrs May's 'strong and stable' election slogan.'Any Brexit deal requires a strong and stable understanding of the complex issues involved,' he said.
'The clock is ticking – it's time to get real.''Threats against Britain have been issued by European politicians and officials.'All of these acts have been deliberately timed to affect the result of the General Election that will take place on June 8.' EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has insisted he 'deeply respects' Mrs May as a 'tough lady' in an apparent attempt to cool the growing row between Brussels and London.
He told reporters in Brussels: 'We are not naive, we know that there is an election taking place in the United Kingdom. The President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani (pictured with the Prime Minister on April 20) today denied claims by Theresa May that Brussels tried to meddle in the election with damaging leaks about Brexit'This election in the United Kingdom is mainly about Brexit.
But we here in Brussels, we are very busy, rather busy, with our policy work.'We have too much to do on our plate. And we will not Brexitise our work.'To put it in the words of an EU diplomat, the 30-minute slot that we are going to devote to Brexit per week, for this week it's up.'Pressed on whether Mrs May was right to claim that EU figures were using 'threats' to influence the election, Mr Schinas said: 'I said that we are not naive and we know that it is time that elections happen.'People get excited over elections, it's normal, so things are said.'We don't Brexitise our very important policy work.
However, the PM - and her ministers - remain in post to run the government during the period.
Mrs May has described the ballot as the 'most important' in her lifetime, and a strong Tory majority is essential to secure the best possible Brexit deal.
She warned today that people's livelihoods are on the line if the talks with the EU are not conducted effectively.