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United Kingdom election: Polish Deputy PM hopes for 'softer' Brexit

United Kingdom election: Polish Deputy PM hopes for 'softer' Brexit

Following a snap election in the United Kingdom, many analysts are predicting that negotiations over the country's Brexit vote to leave the European Union (EU) could be delayed, with the impact on travel unclear.

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said he hoped there would be no further delay to the negotiations. Another labelled May's authority within the Conservative party as "broken", adding that she was a "weak prime minister" and could well resign.

Norway's foreign minister, whose country twice voted against joining the European Union but has access to the bloc's single market, said Brexit talks would be "harder than we hoped" after Britain's result.

We're not saying that May has weakened her Brexit bargaining position but Alexis Tsipras is sitting in Athens going "Wow, even I have more leverage than those pale lunatics". "We know when they must end", said Mr Tusk.

The main sticking points remain the size of the U.K.'s exit bill, which is estimated between 60 billion to 100 billion euros ($67.2 billion to $111.9 billion) and a deal on citizens rights on both side, including any role for the European Court of Justice, noted analysts at BlackRock.

Having called the snap election in order to obtain a greater mandate to push through a tougher deal with the European Union on departing the bloc, May now faces the prospect of having a majority of just a single seat in the new parliament as a result of a deal struck with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party. "We should clearly come to terms with the British to start as quickly as possible".

Then in April, Cameron's successor, May, called an early election that again stalled talks with Brussels.

But that aspiration, now confounded by the electorate, had never held much currency in Brussels, where a strong mandate was seen primarily not as affecting the Brussels-London balance of forces, but as a means of strengthening May's hand within her own party.

"I thought surrealism was a Belgian invention", quipped Verhofstadt, a former Belgian prime minister.

Talks were supposed to start on June 19, but there are doubts now as to whether May will be able to begin them as planned.

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. Talk over the last several weeks of a very generous offer on European Union citizens' rights, to build goodwill and momentum with the EU27 in the negotiations early on could now also prove harder.

Like any self-respecting Frenchman given the cosmic gift of Britain embarrassing itself, European Chief Negotiator for Brexit Michel Barnier is looking at the results of Theresa May's malt vinegar-covered clusterfuck of an election and attempting to throw the flawless amount of Gallic shade at the dumbest Prime Minister to call an election since her predecessor.

Tusk said the March 2019 deadline "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", he added.

EU Commissioner Guenther Oettinger told Deutschlandfunk German radio that the Brexit timetable was "very ambitious" as negotiations would need to be wrapped up by October or November of 2018.