British PM May says June election result 'not certain' despite front-runner status

Mrs May says the poll is needed because Westminster is divided over Brexit. By announcing a snap poll for June 8, Theresa May will, among other things, get over that handicap if she wins, as is widely expected.

European Parliament President Antonio Tajani said as much when he visited May in London on Thursday, adding that a new government before talks start later in June is "good not only for the United Kingdom but for us". A European source close to the negotiations told AFP that a May victory would give a "a strong leader in London who could negotiate with us, with the strong support of her electorate".

It would also allow Ms May - a campaigner against Brexit less than 12 months ago - to set her own, more moderate, Brexit agenda rather than be dictated to by her hardline Brexiteer backbenchers, as has been the case in recent months.

No election is a foregone conclusion and we have witnessed some major electoral upsets in the past year from the Brexit result to the success of Donald Trump.


"Sadly the Labour Party gave her a mandate for Brexit as they pushed us off a cliff-edge voting for Article 50 without a single condition attached".

Mrs May is, after all, a seasoned politician who has managed to rise to the very top in British politics by seizing the opportunities which have come her way. The hotly contested "Brexit" referendum ended with the resignation of then-Prime Minister David Cameron.

"The good news, from a European point of view, is that she would be less fragile for all the concessions that she is going to have to make", another European diplomatic source said.

Tajani threatened to veto any Brexit deal if it did not guarantee the existing rights of EU citizens in Britain and added that this protection would forever be subject to the jurisdiction of the European Court Of Justice (ECJ).


The announcement marked a U-turn for May, who had repeatedly said she would not seek an early vote.

May has so far insisted that Brexit means tougher immigration rules, including ending free movement of European Union citizens, and of a complete break from any kind of power of the EU's Luxembourg-based top court. May greater authority to pursue a Brexit agreement.

"The final decision is for the 27 member states, but everybody will be in favour".



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