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Theresa May: People use food banks 'for many complex reasons'

The British Prime Minister was asked about the Conservative party’s record on poverty.

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BRITISH PRIME MINISTER Theresa May has said there are “many complex reasons for people going to food banks”.

May was speaking to BBC broadcaster Andrew Marr this morning about her Conservative Party’s record in government when she made the claim.

Asked whether it was “wrong” that British nurses are being forced to use food banks, May said there are “many complex reasons” why this might happen.

Her comments prompted many people to say that people resort to food banks because of financial necessity.

May was also pushed on her government’s plan for Brexit, denying that she was ”in a different galaxy” her European counterparts.

European Union leaders were reportedly dismayed by her Brexit negotiating demands at a meeting this week.

May told European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and chief negotiator Michel Barnier that a detailed potential trade deal needed to be drawn up before Britain would agree to pay its EU divorce bill, according to the Sunday Times.

According to the paper, Juncker told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that May was “in a different galaxy,” adding that it looked more likely now that no deal would be reached at all.

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May told the Andrew Marr Show that she stood by her earlier comment that “no deal was better than a bad deal”, and rejected claims that her negotiating stance was unreasonable.

“I’m not in a different galaxy. What this shows is that there are going to be times when these negotiations are going to be tough,” she said.

“I want to ensure we agree on a trade deal and withdrawal arrangements for…when we leave the European Union.

EU leaders unanimously backed a tough Brexit strategy at a summit yesterday, demanding a “serious response” from Britain on the rights of European citizens before trade talks can start.

The summit was the first since May one month ago formally triggered the two-year process of untangling Britain from the EU after four decades of membership.

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May said there was agreement that the fate of EU nationals living in Britain should be an early priority, but that as prime minister she also had “a care for the UK citizens living in the other 27 countries of the EU,” calling for a reciprocal deal.

“There is goodwill there,” she explained.

I believe we can give that assurance to those people at an early stage.

The prime minister surprised the political establishment earlier this month by announcing a snap general election for 8 June, calling it on Sunday the “most important election our country has faced in our lifetime.”

- With reporting by © – AFP 2017

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