Body language expert reveals what that frosty Juncker meeting REALLY means

Mail Online | 2/8/2019 | Judi James, Body Language Analyst For Mailonline
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Theresa May has had another gruelling day in her quest to strike a Brexit deal with the EU that can win support from MPs.

The PM travelled to Brussels for a brutal round of meetings with commission chief, Jean-Claude Juncker, European council president Donald Tusk, and EU Parliament president Antonio Tajani.

Sessions - Wake - Mr - Tusk - Jibe

The sessions were especially fraught in the wake of Mr Tusk's jibe that Brexiteers would have a 'special place in ****'. Meanwhile, Mr Juncker has insisted there is no prospect of reopening the Withdrawal Agreement.

Here, body language expert Judi James looks at how the encounters between the key players in Brussels went:

May - Tusk

May and Tusk

Judging from May’s wintry facial expression and lack of eye contact or even recognition of Tusk here I’d suggest she really did issue a ‘Nebulous?’-style roasting over his ‘place in ****’ comments.

Leaders - Share - Similarities - Body - Language

The two leaders share some similarities in body language demeanour here but with some telling, intrinsic differences. Standing together side by side for their photo-call their cold, unsmiling expressions and the way they both stand to attention with their arms down at their sides suggest mutual frostiness. However May’s cold-eye stare involves a slightly heavier top lid that could make it look more measured and menacing (Think Dirty Harry). It’s a reflective look of what could pass as steely anger, which is endorsed by the way she pulls her chin into her neck. Her lips are tight but not clamped and there appears to be a surprising lack of tension in her hands, which dangle loosely at her sides.

Tusk is more openly in fight mode here and seemingly more in the moment. His shoulders are pulled back while his neck is stuck forward. His mouth is clamped **** and his chin juts. His cold stare is wide-eyed and focused with one brow raised. His...
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