May ready for EU fight

The People - - NEWS FEATURES - By Nigel Nel­son

PRIME Min­is­ter Theresa May has threat­ened to be a “bloody dif­fi­cult woman” at this week’s EU sum­mit.

She hinted to BBC jour­nal­ist Nick Robin­son that she will give fel­low lead­ers a hard time if they op­pose her Che­quers plan for Brexit at a lunch in Aus­tria.

In­ter­view­ing her for to­mor­row night’s Panorama on BBC1, Mr Robin­son sug­gests Mrs May is not as “bloody dif­fi­cult” as ex-tory Chan­cel­lor Ken Clarke once dubbed her.

But she tells him “the bloody dif­fi­cult woman is still there” and adds it is bet­ter to be dif­fi­cult “when the time is right”.

The PM meets lead­ers of EU coun­tries in Salzburg on Wed­nes­day and they will give a ver­dict on Thurs­day.

Mrs May also tells Panorama that Boris John­son’s de­scrip­tion of Che­quers as a “sui­cide vest” was “com­pletely inap­pro­pri­ate” lan­guage.

BREXIT: PM on show

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