The prime minister’s former aide Nick Timothy had said Martin Selmayr was behind claims that May ‘begged for help’ and seemed ‘tormented’

The European commission president’s chief of staff has denied being behind leaks of conversations at the prime minister Theresa May’s recent dinner meeting in Brussels, and warned that others are seeking to “frame” the EU and undermine “constructive relations” between Brussels and Downing Street over Brexit.

According to an account of the dinner on 16 October, published in a German newspaper, the commission president described Theresa May begging “for help”, and appearing “anxious”, “tormented”, “despondent and discouraged”.

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