*Theresa May said ‘I think I’d better leave now’ to other EU leaders, to break an embarrassing silence when they refused to discuss Brexit in front of her.
A witness said the Prime Minister made the remark after trying to push for a quick agreement on the future rights of British citizens in the EU, and vice-versa, at the Brussels summit.
It led to an awkward impasse, because the rest of the EU has demanded the right to exclude Britain when they discuss their side of the Brexit negotiations.
Theresa May warned £50bn ‘Brexit bill’ will be ‘one of first issues’
They have also insisted there will be “no negotiations without notification” – meaning they must await the triggering of the Article 50 exit clause, at the start of next year.
“It was a difficult moment for diplomatic etiquette,” one leader’s aide told The Times newspaper.
“‘I think I’d better leave now,’ she said. She was very polite, but it was a bit embarrassing,” he added.
The episode came after footage, when Ms May arrived in Brussels, showed her standing isolated and alone while other leaders greeted each other warmly.
The other 27 leaders were due to hold an “informal” discussion without Ms May, to discuss their approach to the Brexit talks – with, she said, her blessing.*
Wow, these EU leaders seem petty and immature. Are they adults or elementary school children?