From The Independent:
Theresa May will appeal over the head of the European Commission to the leaders of the 27 EU nations in an attempt to secure a good exit deal for the UK.
The Prime Minister will try to limit the influence of Jean-Claude Juncker, the Commission’s president, and Michel Barnier, the former French Foreign Minister who will lead the Commission’s negotiating team on Brexit. Both are seen as hostile to the UK, and Mr Barnier is likely to repeat the tough line he took against the City of London while he was the Internal Market Commissioner in Brussels.
Allies of Ms May say she has had a positive response in her one-to-one meetings with other EU leaders. Any attempt to sideline the Commission would anger Mr Juncker. But Ms May is convinced that the 27 presidents and prime ministers will want to decide the key elements of the UK’s divorce settlement, while limiting the Commission’s role to the fine print.