European Union says Brexit negotiations will start after British election

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 20, 2017

May returned from an Easter break in the Welsh mountains to announce that she would make a televised statement on an undisclosed subject early Tuesday outside 10 Downing St. Speculation swirled and the pound plunged against the dollar amid uncertainty about whether she planned to resign, call an election or even declare war.

Defeated by last year's referendum to quit the European Union, which was won by 52 percent to 48 percent, EU supporters outside of Scotland in fact have few options except for the Liberal Democrats.

She is expected to secure the two-thirds majority of MPs needed to bring forward the election by three years.

Fifty per cent said they would vote Conservative, 25pc Labour, 11pc Liberal Democrats, 4pc Ukip and 68pc said they would vote the same as they did in the previous election.

Addressing MPs beforehand, May said an early vote would strengthen her hand in dealing both with Brussels and domestic critics seeking to "frustrate the process" of Brexit.

Mrs May confirmed that changing the date of the 2020 election would prevent it clashing with what she called "the most crucial part of the negotiations".

"They did vote for us to have control over our law, so that we are not subject to the European Court of Justice".

Echoing comments made by Mrs May in her statement when calling the election, he said: "The Prime Minister is involved in the most hard negotiations ever imaginable for anyone in her position".

According to the Daily Mail, the Tory election manifesto will call for the end of free movement and for Britain to leave single market and pull out of the European Court of Justice.

If she can extend her parliamentary majority, May will be able to silence critics who have opposed her own policies, not just on Brexit but also tax and education.

May enjoys a runaway lead in opinion polls over the main opposition Labour Party, and the British economy has so far defied predictions of a slowdown, offering her a strong base to launch a poll some lawmakers described as "opportunistic".

There won't be a scheduled British general election until June 2022, eliminating the risk of an election campaign disrupting the Brexit talks. Instead, the British made a decision to leave in a vote that has roiled British politics ever since, starting with Cameron's resignation.

Initially, EU officials had said that the talks could start in late May once a detailed negotiating mandate had been agreed among the EU's 27 other members.

She said: "What people want is for us to have control of our borders".

"The German government does not expect the election to interfere with the process of negotiations with Britain on leaving the European Union", said government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer, adding Merkel and May had spoken by telephone yesterday.

One broadcaster, ITV, said it planned to hold a debate with or without the prime minister. Those most in need, elderly, disabled, those who have learning difficulties and need support and often unable to get the care that we, as a civilised society, must and will deliver for all of them. Its lawmakers abstained during Wednesday's vote. The answer, as with pretty much everything in Britain right now, is Brexit.

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