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 our formal campaign period 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 made Brexit meetings look like a disaster.
She went on to slam them for issuing “threats against Britain” that came from both European politicians AND officials.
She slapped down the 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 better than a good deal.”
Parliament was officially dissolved at one minute past midnight – 25 working days before the vote.
Previously a Prime Minister had to ask the ruling monarch for their permission to dissolve Parliament.
But the 2011 Fixed-term Parliaments Act made that automatic.
Mrs May was driven the short distance from Number 10 to the Palace for the short audience with the Queen.