Merkel urges speedy Brexit talks after UK vote
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 10, 2017,
Jun 10, 2017, 16:16
According to an analysis in the BBC, the loss of seats by May's party in the election could make Brexit negotiations more hard, as it raises the possibility that the Prime Minister could be unable to sell the tough trade-offs required by a negotiation at home.
Wobbling UK Prime Minister Theresa May faced a storm of withering criticism from European Union officials and politicians, accusing her of an "own goal" after she lost her parliamentary majority less than two weeks before the start of Brexit talks.
But in a catastrophic setback, the bet failed and she lost her overall majority. Some compared her to her predecessor David Cameron, who sought to silence Eurosceptic fellow Conservatives by calling the referendum on European Union membership which ended his career and shocked Europe. "The UK is not looking to be half in and half out of the EU; Brexit means Brexit", she announced in her speech in January. He tweeted: "Looks like we might need a time-out in the Brexit negotiations".
Following a hung parliament in the snap election she called, Mrs May said she would form a minority government to deliver Brexit.
Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt, who is president of the Alliance of Liberals & Democrats for Europe in the European Parliament, had caustic words for May after the snap election. "I do hope that the result of the election will have no major impact on the negotiations we are desperately waiting for". But the prime minister said her new government would now prepare for discussions in 10 days time.However, Guenther Oettinger, the German member of the European Union executive, was among those warning that a weak British leader may be a problem once talks start. Bohuslav Sobotka said that too much time had already been wasted.
With talks due to start in Brussels on June 19, Mr Tusk said it was their "urgent task" to get on with the negotiations in "the best possible spirit". Whether the ministerial negotiating team of David Davis, Boris Johnson and Liam Fox will even remain the same is far from clear.
The decision of Britain to leave was a shocking and cathartic moment in the 60-year history of the bloc, whose member states want to keep Britain as a close partner once it is out.
"We must ensure that the Brexit talks are handled in a smooth and coherent manner to secure the best possible outcome for Ireland, for Europe and the United Kingdom", he said.
However, it is still unclear whether the CTA will continue following Brexit - but the issue is likely to feature significantly in the negotiations on immigration matters between Ireland and the UK. The risk of having no deal worries some in Britain, particularly businesses.
European Council President Donald Tusk has warned Theresa May there is "no time to lose" in the Brexit negotiations.
"The time-frame set by Article 50 of the Treaty leaves us with no time to lose. I am fully committed to maintaining regular and close contact at our level to facilitate the work of our negotiators".
To keep within the timeframe, the European Union nations "need a draft agreement before end of October next year", to have enough time to push it through their own decision-making process.