Theresa May's decision to hold an election has benefitted Brexit
Senior EU officials believe “the chances for a good outcome of the Brexit negotiations have gone up tremendously” since the Prime Minister announced she wanted to call an election on June 8.
They feel, if her Tory party sweep to a thundering majority, it will give Mrs May the mandate needed to enter into clear and concise Brexit negotiations.
A top EU official told Politico: “Instead of being at the mercy of the Brexiteers, May will now get a very, very strong mandate that will allow her to negotiate a reasonable deal with the EU.
Even German foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel, who has previously been very critical of Britain’s chances of success outside the European family of nations, praised Mrs May’s decision.
He said: “After Britain’s Brexit vote, predictability and reliability are more important than ever.
“For sure, any longer period of uncertainty doesn’t do the political and economic relations between Britain and the EU any good.
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“Hopefully, the new election announced today by Prime Minister May can lead to more clarity and predictability in the negotiations with the European Union.”
If the Conservatives increase their current fragile 17-seat majority by crushing Labour then Mrs May will dominate the House of Commons – and potentially be given even more free reign initially by the fact Jeremy Corbyn would surely have to resign, sparking a leadership battle.
The prominent voice of Remain-backing MPs will be muted and a surge towards a harder Brexit, free from the shackles of the EU single market, can well and truly get under way.
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The veteran French politician has previously served as EU commissioner for internal market and services and also regional policy.
This, it appears, is what the EU actually wants because it at least provides clarity on where Britain stands.
The election would also give Mrs May the mandate to continue unabated until 2022, providing her with the opportunity to guide Britain out of the EU and settle any economic aftershocks that may take place in the immediate aftermath.
Mrs May’s election announcement took Europe by surprise, but the Brussels bloc is keen to reassure everyone negotiations will not be affected.
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Guy Verhofstadt, a former Belgian prime minister and prominent MEP who is the European Parliament’s designated Brexit negotiator, said he would seek to work with whoever wins the UK election.
He said: “As the EP Brexit negotiator, I will work with a new government for the best common future possible.”