The Prime Minister hit back as she returned to Downing Street after a meeting with the Queen that formally kicked off the five-week election period.
In a blistering attack on EU politicians on the steps of Downing Street, she said: “There are some in Brussels who do not want these talks to succeed… Who do not want Britain to prosper.”
Kicking off 36 days of campaigning with a bang, she said that Britain’s “negotiating position has been misrepresented in the continental press” – after reports emerged in German newspapers over the weekend which referred to a supposedly disastrous Brexit dinner at Downing Street.
She went on to slam both European politicians AND officials for issuing “threats against Britain”.
“Whoever wins on 8 June will face one overriding task: to get the best possible deal for this United Kingdom from Brexit,” she said, slapping down Brussels chiefs.
“All of these acts have been deliberately timed to affect the result of the General Election that will take place on 8 June.
“By contrast I made clear that in leaving the European Union, Britain means no harm.
“We continue to believe no deal is better than a bad deal.”
The PM fired a broadside at the “bureaucrats of Brussels” who are trying to derail Brexit, as she warned voters that only she was able to take them on.
She said: “If we don’t get the negotiation right, your economic security and prosperity will be put at risk and the opportunities you seek for your families will simply not happen.
“If we do not stand up and get this negotiation right we risk the secure and well-paid jobs we want for our children and our children’s children too.
“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.”
And Mrs May warned that if Jeremy Corbyn were to negotiate our Brexit, “we will all pay a high price”.
“If instead you want the best negotiation for you and for Britain, then you must make your vote count,” she urged.