UK Election Could Delay Brexit Negotiations; Impact on Travel Unclear
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 10, 2017,
Jun 10, 2017, 13:06
At the same time, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said that a delay in negotiations may be unavoidable, as "The dust in the United Kingdom now has to settle". Let's put our minds together on striking a deal, ' he said on Twitter.
"The terms of us leaving are so much more up for grabs than they were before", he said.
But the prime minister said her new government would now prepare for discussions in 10 days time.
Farage warned that in the event that May can not form a government and Labor creates a coalition "then I think Brexit is in some trouble". "Do your best to avoid a "no deal" as result of 'no negotiations'".
Stephen Martin, director general of the IoD, said, "With crucial Brexit negotiations coming up fast, in addition to the significant domestic challenges we face, the lack of a government with a majority undeniably creates uncertainty".
Britain voted 52 percent in favor of leaving the European Union in a shock referendum past year, becoming the first ever member state to do so, but the regional breakdown of the results varied hugely.
German conservative Markus Ferber, an European Union lawmaker involved in discussions on access to European Union markets for Britain's financial sector, was scathing: "At the most untimely point", he said, "The British political system is in total disarray".
Attention will now focus on whether May can rule with the help of the staunchly pro-Brexit Democratic Unionist Party after they struck a deal on Friday.
Guy Verhofstadt, the former Belgian Prime Minister and now the leader of the European Parliamentary group of liberals and democrats, described the general election result as "yet another own goal" for the UK.
In the wake of last year's Brexit referendum, called and lost by Prime Minister David Cameron, Britain's Conservative party took a long time to reorganize itself before it finally triggered the Brexit negotiations on March 29.
However, senior German MP Stephan Meyer did share his views, telling one radio station: "Officially, Theresa May is still the partner in Brexit negotiations, but the political reality is different after this disastrous defeat".
Barnier aims to start with talks on residence rights for expatriates, on how much Britain will owe the Union on departure and on EU-UK border arrangements in Northern Ireland.
The result is likely to be that the effective start of the talks, at least the high political level, will now have to be delayed - [and] that will reduce time available for the two sides to actually conclude all the necessary elements of the deal.
May's reappointment and determination to soldier on without a clear majority has muted talk of a different ruling coalition taking power with a mission to seek a "softer" Brexit than May is pursuing, possibly seeking to remain in the single market. "But not quite the Brexit election we expected", said Rob Ford, political science professor at Manchester University. Oettinger added that "without a government, there's no negotiation".