New UK Government Could Reverse Brexit, European Parliament President Says
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 23, 2017,
Apr 23, 2017, 7:49
The European Parliament's Brexit chief has accused Theresa May of a "power grab" motivated by "opportunism" after the Prime Minister made a decision to call an early general election.
British voters chose to leave the European Union in a referendum last year, signaling the end of the country's 44-year membership of the bloc.
Legal experts are trying to get their heads around whether the United Kingdom could unilaterally reverse Brexit, but Tajani said that approval from European Union member states would be enough for the United Kingdom to continue being a member.
Theresa May's Conservatives now hold 330 of the House of Commons seats while Labour has 229.
Labour campaigned for Britain to remain in the European Union, but Corbyn says he will respect voters' decision to leave.
With the main opposition Labour Party weakened and divided under left-wing leader Jeremy Corbyn and the pro-EU Liberal Democrats holding just nine Commons seats, May is calculating that the election will bring her an expanded crop of Conservative lawmakers.
May took office in July following an internal Conservative leadership contest, after predecessor David Cameron stepped down when voters rejected his call to remain in the EU.
May continues to be the favored choice for prime minister, with 54 percent of people preferring her to Labour's Jeremy Corbyn, who is backed by 15 percent of voters.
Sir Patrick, the MP for the Derbyshire Dales, also reveals the influential role Philip May - the Prime Minister's husband - plays in her premiership. Thirty-one per cent said that they didn't know.
The veteran Italian politician's comments appeared to contradict the prime minister, who has repeatedly said there can be "no turning back" now that Article 50 has been triggered.
"It is these rules that have allowed a cosy cartel to rig the system in favour of a few powerful and wealthy individuals and corporations", Corbyn said.
Mr Tajani, whose organisation has a veto on the final Brexit withdrawal deal, said the meeting went well. Would it be that surprising if they voted for Labour given that Labour is supporting a soft Brexit, that Labour wants to salvage Europe's protections for the rights of workers, that Labour proposes a minimum wage of £10 an hour?
Theresa May has insisted the result of the snap General Election is "not certain" despite polls putting the Conservatives as many as 24 points ahead of Labour.