The BBC’s Brussels correspondent Adam Fleming explained that there is a prevailing theory that Theresa May could have the final say on who replaces Jean-Claude Juncker even if she chooses to abstain from the vote. Mr Juncker’s replacement has proven to be a difficult issue for political leaders with arguments of scheming to ensure a favoured leader is chosen. Mr Fleming told Radio 4’s Today programme: “Theresa May having the casting vote? Well, this is a theory.
“So if you were looking at the Timmermans plan and if it was going to be blocked by the Visegrad four countries.
“So Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary and Italy.
“The UK, therefore, could have had the casting vote even by abstaining.
“The word from the UK currently is “constructive” so I don’t think they want to block anything.”
EU Summit: Germany plan for Juncker’s replacement fails to get backing after 18-hour talks
Theresa May could hold the last vote on who will replace Jean-Claude Juncker (Image: Getty)
Theresa May and Jean Claude Juncker in one of her final efforts to improve her withdraw deal (Image: Getty)
Replacing Jean-Claude Juncker as Europen Commission President has proved to be a difficult task for the EU.
Embattled leaders hit back at a backroom stitch-up under the careful watch of European Council President Donald Tusk at the G20 summit last week.
The so-called “sushi deal”, as the package has been nicknamed by EU diplomats and officials, found Dutch socialist Frans Timmermans become the frontrunner to replace Mr Juncker as the bloc’s most senior official.
But staunch opposition from the Central European Visegrad Four – Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic – and Italy put the plans on the back burner.
Tensions have appeared high among the political leaders as backroom schemes have remained in the front of the minds of leaders.
Theresa May in June went to her final EU summit as leader of the UK as Prime Minister (Image: Getty)
European Union leaders are close to picking Dutch socialist Frans Timmermans