Theresa May has confirmed she had a “robust discussion” with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, after footage emerged of the pair having a heated Brexit row at an EU summit.
As the leaders gathered in their conference room, the British prime minister was filmed by the EU’s in-house TV crew confronting Juncker after he called the UK’s position on Brexit “nebulous”.
Instead of the anodyne pleasantries the leaders normally exchange in front of the cameras, a visibly angry May confronted Juncker to demand he explain his comments.
“What did you call me? You called me nebulous. Yes you did,” May said according to lip-readers hired by Britain’s Channel 5 News.
As Juncker puts his hand on May’s arm to placate her, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte is seen striding across the room to restore the peace.