PM May not sobbing over election, Brexit minister says
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 13, 2017,
Jun 13, 2017, 11:01
British voters failed to deliver a widely expected parliamentary majority for the Conservative party in Thursday's general election, dealing a major blow to Prime Minister Theresa May just days ahead of hard Brexit talks with the EU.
European Union leaders expressed concern that May's loss of her majority would raise the risk of negotiations failing, resulting in a legal limbo for people and business.
Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament's Brexit co-ordinator, described the election result as "yet another own goal" for the UK.
Along with Sir Tim Barrow, the British Ambassador to the EU, Mr Robbins held preliminary discussions about the impending negotiations with Michel Barnier.
He continued: "The reason for leaving the single market is because we want to take back control of our borders - they are not compatible", Davis told the BBC's Today Programme. All along Britain has sought to get a better deal for the Caribbean in Europe.
"I think what's really clear is that the Conservative Party, having failed to win a majority, now needs to work with others".
Labor gained 29 seats to reach 262, . Some parliamentarians in both the Conservative and Labour parties want to remain in the EU.
Fitch also added that the loss of 21 seats by the Scottish National Party reduced the possibility of a second Scottish independence referendum. Remaining in the single market was not what the electorate voted for, he said.
They certainly will. And perhaps some of those MPs who voted for Article 50 in the Commons and the Lords back in March now regret doing so.
They argue the United Kingdom should stay in the single market to "protect" jobs.
"With regard to technical talks, we are quite confident that they can start soon, even this week, and our understanding is that there is a shared willingness on the British side to move ahead with these technical talks", European Commission spokesman Alexander Winterstein told reporters in Brussels on Monday.
Britons have heard little about the cost of leaving the world's biggest free-trade bloc - not least the tens of billions of pounds owed to Brussels for existing liabilities such as pension obligations and investment commitments in the current European Union budget.
Among the biggest issues for markets and the economy are whether Britain manages to get a deal to remain part of the European Union single market or, short of that, negotiate some privileged access to the bloc, the country's biggest trading partner.
Analysts say this may encourage the government to relax its grip on spending, especially as there is a lack of momentum in the economy.
Within the two years of talks, Britain wants to not only agree on the terms of its exit but also negotiate a new relationship on things like trade and security.