"Real" Brexit talks to start after June 8 election -Commission spokesman

Nomura's team said it was still expecting a "hard Brexit", but the forthcoming election increased the likelihood of a smooth transition to that outcome, by giving May more room to manoeuvre in negotiations with the rest of the European Union on a transitional deal.

May's Conservatives now hold 330 of the 650 seats in the House of Commons.

Britain's next national election is now scheduled for 2020, a year after the scheduled completion of two years of European Union exit talks.

Thirteen voted against the motion.

Nomura's team published some analysis of the likelihood of an anti-Brexit alliance forming among non-Conservative political parties, but said it would depend on a substantial recovery by the Liberal Democrat party, the third-largest UK-wide grouping.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn retorted: "We welcome the General Election but this is a Prime Minister who promised there wouldn't be one, a Prime Minister who can not be trusted". She now needed a mandate from the voters, and the election would give her one, she said.

"It's about asking the people to trust me, to trust us in government, to give us that mandate to go and get that really good deal", she told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

An early vote will also delay Brexit talks.

"[May's] stance was based on two things; that the people of Scotland shouldn't be asked to vote on their constitutional future when they don't know what Brexit looks like, and when there's not a majority support for it in Scotland. It is important in parliament that people are able to challenge what the Government is doing, that there is proper debate and scrutiny, and that's what there will be".

He tweeted: "Theresa May needs to distance herself this morning from Daily Mail's nasty & divisive front page so election isn't dragged into the gutter".

UK Prime Minister Theresa May suggested she will not use the general election to give voters more detail about the kind of Brexit she wants, instead asking them to trust her to deliver.

"She expects a coronation and not a contest", Farron said, urging voters to back his strongly pro-EU party to stop a Conservative landslide.

Mrs May also told The Sun newspaper of her concern that the May 2020 election date laid down by the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act would leave her open to pressure from Brussels as the two-year withdrawal negotiations drew to a close in March 2019.

Analysts at Nomura, the Japanese investment bank, said it was "highly unlikely" that anti-Brexit politicians might derail the country's European Union exit following UK Prime Minister Theresa May's decision yesterday to hold a snap general election.

May, who took office in July after an internal Conservative Party leadership race, wants the election to increase her majority in Parliament and consolidate her power as she faces both pro-EU opposition politicians and hard-core Brexit-backers inside her own party.

She told the BBC: "I genuinely came to this decision reluctantly, having looked at the circumstances, and having looked ahead at the process of negotiation".

  • Leroy Wright