Although during the British election campaign there was little talk about Brexit, the result of the vote will have strong consequences on the negotiations. In the meantime, will these start on June 19, as planned?
Theresa May speaks of a “united front” and is convinced she will be able to respect the date. But to negotiate with Brussels, London must have a government. It must appoint a negotiator, who must define the contours of the British demands. Britain appears far away from the “strong and clear mandate” that May would have wanted.
On Friday, the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, warned: “I hope that there will be no additional delays in the negotiations,” in view of the fact that there have already been delays. The referendum took place almost a year ago (June 23, 2016) and Article 50 was implemented on March 23. Commissioner for Economic Affairs Pierre Moscovici wants to believe that “the result of the British election does not call into question the negotiated timetable,” but warns that “there will have an impact on the spirit of the upcoming negotiations.”