Merkel says EU is 'ready to start Brexit negotiations'

Frederick Owens
June 11, 2017

Privately, EU officials reacted with consternation that an already tough situation just got tougher. Senior EU officials were comfortable with Mrs May's snap election because they thought a larger Conservative majority would make for a more stable negotiating partner in what are clearly going to be hard talks.

"Looking ahead, assuming a base case of easier fiscal policy and a "softer" Brexit, we would expect.stability returning to the pound". "We know when they must end", tweeted European Council President Donald Tusk, also the EU summit chair overseeing the negotiations. Therefore, the result could be interpreted as a rejection of May's vision of Brexit - and Britain could now rethink its opening negotiating position.

"We will have to see whether the negotiation chief will remain the same, how the relevant ministers will look", he said. "As far as the Commission is concerned we can open negotiations in the morning at half past nine. We might see a softening of the stance in response to this election result", said Simon Hix, politics professor at the London School of Economics. That's now up in smoke.

Then in April, Cameron's successor, May, called an early election that again stalled talks with Brussels.

"From our side, we are ready for the talks, we are prepared".

While many have suggested that European leaders in Brussels will be rubbing their hands in glee at the result of the United Kingdom election, the truth is that lawmakers are eager to get the negotiations underway as soon as possible, and worry that any uncertainty in London will delay and complicate the process even further.

The DUP made it clear Friday that it doesn't want Northern Ireland to have any special status post-Brexit within the U.K. The DUP is anxious that by keeping one foot inside the European Union - with a fluid border with the south - it would be seen as a step towards decoupling the country from the U.K. The risk of having no deal worries some in Britain, particularly businesses.

The 318 seats won by the Conservatives in the election on Thursday, plus the 10 DUP seats will give May the majority she needs in the House of Commons.

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That has now all gone up in smoke.

Assuming that Mrs May's hasty governing arrangement with the Democratic Unionists holds, Brexit negotiations should begin on or soon after June 19th, as previously scheduled. "The date for the beginning of negotiations is now unclear". That will have a big impact on Brexit. "If we are together, we are!"

"If the Conservatives govern as a minority, they must recognise that they have not earned a mandate to implement their manifesto in full", Stephen Martin, director general of the Institute of Directors, said in a statement.

Given May's diminished state, many in the European Union are wondering how long she will be leading the country and - by extension - guiding the Brexit negotiations. "The referendum still stands". Under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party envisioned nationalising mail, rail, and energy firms.

"There is no doubt Brexit will happen, but things have become more complicated", he added.

As news of British mayhem broke, Juncker was launching a new push for an expanded European Union defence project which Britain has long opposed, fearing a clash with the US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance.

"It is hard to say at this moment which line Britain will follow on the Brexit negotiations", said Stefaan Van den Bogaert, professor of European Law and Director of the Europa Institute at Leiden University.

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