Published On: Tue, Dec 5th, 2017

Theresa May FAILS to reach Brexit deal – what can her body language reveal about talks?


Theresa May failed to reach a Brexit deal today, despite the fact that the EU had warned that today was the “absolute deadline”.

The Prime Minister and Jean Paul Juncker announced their failure to come to a deal today in Brussels after lunch with Theresa May.

Mr Juncker described Theresa May as a “tough negotiator”. He said:  “I have to say that she’s a tough negotiator and not an easy one, and she’s defending the point of view of Britain with all the energy we know she has.”

But what did a body language expert make of Theresa May’s performance before she headed into talks with Mr Juncker? 

British Prime Minister Theresa May and Jean Claude Juncker met today to talk Brexit and forge a deal between the UK and the EU.

Mrs May, 61, met with Mr Juncker, 62, in Brussels to seal the terms of Briton’s divorce from the EU.

Brexiteer Nigel Farage has slammed the Prime Minister when it comes to Theresa May’s Brexit deal, calling her actions a betrayal. 

A leaked draft has appeared to show that Theresa May’s Northern Ireland Brexit deal may include no divergence of the single market and customs union rules on the island of Ireland – including the Northern Irish territory. 

So, what does Theresa May and Jean Claude Junker’s body language show at today’s historic talks? A body language expert gave her professional opinion.

Theresa May Brexit body language – what does it show?

According to body language expert Judi James, Juncker has been especially cold towards the British Prime Minister, potentially not a good sign for the Brexit negotiations going forwards.

Judi said: “There’s a contagious awkwardness about these poses, especially from Juncker who is normally a fan of the warmest and most tactile of greetings, no matter who he’s meeting.

“He’s created an exaggerated spatial gap from May, as though he’d be happier keeping her at arm’s length.”

There are no signs of friendliness from the President of the European Commission, Judi explained, adding: “Even when the pair use eye contact there seems to be no attempt at closeness from Juncker, who only reverts to his signature style as they go to walk off, when he places an arm around May’s back. 

“This would normally signal a parental-type of warmth but his hand is normally around shoulder height. Holding it lower here makes the gesture look more like a steer, hurry or even shove.”

Juncker means business, according to the body language expert, shown by his dominant display in his feet.

Judi said: “It is Juncker’s foot splay that suggests he still means business though. 

“His foot stance hints he could still be holding firm despite the diminished power signals from the rest of his pose.”

However, Mrs May is fighting back. Judi said: “Interestingly May’s foot splay matches his evenly, showing mirrored confidence and resolve.”

Mrs May is the one making all the effort to be friendly in this exchange, the expert claims.

Judi said: “It is May working this pose to appear friendly but also dominant here.

“Given the gap between their bodies she has pulled Juncker’s hand towards her own torso in the shake in a gesture that shows she’s leading the choreography, and her fingers look as though she has his hand in a tight grasp.

“Juncker’s newly-fastidious distance-greeting combined with May’s determination to take control suggest this should make for an interesting meeting.”

Theresa May was impersonated by Kate McKinnon today in a scetch appearing to attack Prince Harry, sparking fury among Britons. 

In a parody interview McKinnon, as Mrs May, said: “The British people know I can give it as good as I get.

“I’m more afraid of little social media fisticuffs. And I’ve never felt more alive.”

While in Brussels Mrs May focused on the very big job of negotiating a trade deal for Brexit. 



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