It comes after Labour’s Angela Rayner blasted the Tory leader’s handling of the EU divorce so far.
She said: “At the moment, unfortunately, Theresa May and the way that she’s handled it has made us look like ogres across Europe.
“If you see the pictures now, Theresa May’s at the back of the queue whenever she’s talking to the leaders in Europe – we’re a laughing stock.”
David Davis hailed Theresa May and her work so far on Brexit
Theresa May’s at the back of the queue whenever she’s talking to the leaders in Europe – we’re a laughing stock
Defending Mrs May, Mr Davis touched on leaks to German media about the Prime Minister’s reportedly frosty meeting with Jean-Claude Juncker in London.
He said: When we had the infamous Downing Street dinner and then the briefing afterwards, the Prime Minister was faced with [reports of] a briefing which simply wasn’t true.
“What did she do? For 48 hours she said ‘we don’t recognise this’ in the politest possible diplomatic language, saying ‘this is not the case’.
“Then we got this demand for €100billion [and] suggestions she can’t do the negotiations and frankly at that point, she drew the line.”
Brexit Negotiations: Britain's sternest enemies Tue, April 4, 2017
According to a new index, the EU27 countries fall into three groups: hard-core, hard and soft. These are the countries with the highest scores which indicate a fairly strong opposition to Britain’s position
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France has the highest score in the index at 32.5
Angela Rayner said Theresa May had made the UK look like "ogres" across Europe
The minister said Mrs May’s tough stance resulted in Mr Juncker’s aides “backing off”.
“The point about her drawing the line wasn’t just that we made our side of the argument,” he said.
“Jean-Claude Juncker admitted they made a mistake, they backed off… and they said ‘Theresa May is a very good negotiator, [and] very good as a Home Secretary’.”
He dismissed the claims the Prime Minister had added to tensions within Europe and reminded listeners she “didn’t escalate the fight” or “go in for a tit for tat”.
He added: “We drew the line, that’s what she’s good at, she’s good with dealing with the Europeans on these contentious issues – that’s incredibly important.”