Donald Tusk, the European Council president, bizarrely compared the move to the plot of a horror film and confirmed it had stunned the Brussels bloc.
He wrote on Twitter: “It was Hitchcock who directed Brexit: first an earthquake and the tension rises.”
May has surprised he European counterparts by calling the election
It will mean the concessions she has to make during talks won’t leave her open to attack
Senior EU official
A senior EU official hinted Eurocrats had been planning to use the Brexit uncertainty in British Parliament as a bargaining tool and admitted it would protect Mrs May from those who insist a deal must leave the country worse off.
The official said: “It will mean the concessions she has to make during talks won’t leave her open to attack.”
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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to the media outside 10 Downing Street, in central London
German foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel said it would bring “clarity and predictability” to talks with the EU.
He added: “Drawn-out uncertainty does the political and economic relationship between Europe and Britain no good.”
The Conservatives enter the election campaign with a commanding lead in the opinion polls, by contrast Labour are at their lowest level since Gordon Brown was in power.
Czech MEP Petr Jezek, from the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, joked that Mrs May had announced the “date of Jeremy Corbyn’s departure”.
Verhofstadt has been out spoken in his thoughts that Brexit is the wrong decision
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Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament’s Brexit negotiator, reportedly, believes politicians on the continent will seek to influence the election.
In a Telegraph article Mrs May outlined her plan to “establish Britain as the strongest country in Europe” and remove the shackles of the “unelected House of Lords”.
The belief is that a strong election result will give May the bargaining power she craves
David Davis, the Brexit Secretary, believes the Prime Minister has not taken the decision on a whim and suggested the Tories could have sat in Government until 2020 without taking the additional risk a General Election could pose.
An average of five polls published in April puts the Tories on a little under 43 per cent compared with a bit over 25 per cent for Labour – a lead of more than 17 percentage points.
On Wednesday, a vote will be held in which two thirds of MPs from all parties will have to agree to calling an election – something all party leaders have already agreed to.