But many are also concerned that a sharp switch in direction could waste time to reach a deal on an orderly exit and could still fail to meet the approval of British voters.Cancelling Brexit – an option not endorsed by Britain’s main parties despite their opposition to it past year – or even stopping the clock to withdrawal in 22 months would require the unanimous approval of the 27.
Theresa May has been warned by European Union officials that the clock is ticking on Brexit negotiations, while others openly mocked her for “yet another own goal” following the calamitous result for the Conservatives at the general election. She has no credibility in United Kingdom or Europe.
She warned that if she lost just six seats, she would no longer be Prime Minister, and an unprepared Jeremy Corbyn would go “naked and alone” to the negotiating table.
She had, he said, “played with fire” in binding Britain to the two-year deadline for Brexit talks and had now “got burned”.
“It includes money – they want to talk about that, we think it should come later – and Northern Ireland”.
The Lib Dems, which had campaigned for a second referendum on the terms of Brexit that could mean Britain staying in the bloc, was forecast to gain several seats in areas that voted for “Remain”.
“The election has not usurped the European Union referendum, but it has reshaped the kind of Brexit that is deliverable politically”, agreed former Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg on Sunday.
Brexit undoubtedly affected the outcome of this remarkable poll.
Scottish Conservatives sharply increased their representation in the Westminster parliament last week, in contrast to the party’s losses in England, strengthening the influence of their leader Ruth Davidson within the party.
Then in April, Cameron’s successor, May, called an early election that again stalled talks with Brussels. “May has put all this in jeopardy”, said Nigel Farage, a leading campaigner for Brexit in last year’s referendum.
The result “is likely to lead the market to question the possibility of a softer Brexit”, Hafeez said. The Evening Standard, edited by former Chancellor George Osborne, reported that cabinet ministers opposed to a hard Brexit had were reaching out to the opposition Labour Party and to European officials to share concerns that the route taken by May could threaten jobs and the economy.
Farage warned that in the event that May can not form a government and Labour creates a coalition “then I think Brexit is in some trouble”.
Brexit Secretary David Davis has told ITV’s Good Morning Britain he remains a “100% unswerving supporter” of the “formidably good prime minister” as he backed her to “take back command” of the country.
“I thought surrealism was a Belgian invention”, quipped Verhofstadt, a former Belgian prime minister. This result will make the already complex negotiations even more complicated.
Preliminary results indicate she will instead face a far tougher balancing act between europhiles and eurosceptics within her own party.
The state of opening of parliament, in which the government sets out its legislative program in the queen’s speech, is also expected to be delayed as the government finalizes its agreement with the Democratic Unionist Party, whose 10 MPs it requires to achieve a parliamentary majority.