EU presses Britain to get its act together for Brexit talks

Now that it has chose to jump ship, it seems it can't get its act together to actually leave.

Others hoped that a larger Tory majority would have provided the prime minister with greater flexibility to compromise as the talks progressed, especially on more contentious issues such as the UK's financial commitments and how to phase the talks.

The EU grants no extension to the negotiations and tries to exert leverage over a weakened May to secure a better deal for the continent.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn defies the forecasts and his critics to win power either as a minority government or at the helm of a coalition.

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 ideal amount of Gallic shade at the dumbest Prime Minister to call an election since her predecessor.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves Conservative party headquarters in London, Friday, June 9, 2017.

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Mrs May's plans laid in tatters on Friday after an unexpected surge in support for Labour saw the Conservatives lose seats, falling short of an overall majority.

Meanwhile, the European Parliament's Brexit co-ordinator, Guy Verhofstadt, voiced his frustration with the snap election called by Theresa May.

"I hope the United Kingdom will soon have a stable government to start negotiations", he told The Associated Press.

Donald Tusk, the former Polish premier who will oversee the process as chair of European Union national leaders' summits, also stressed there was "no time to lose" and a need for London and Brussels to cooperate to minimise disruption for people, businesses and governments across Europe when Britain walks out in 22 months.

Brexit talks are likely to be delayed after today's shock election result, which has left Britain with a hung parliament.

Czech prime minister Bohuslav Sobotka said he was "delighted" that Jeremy Corbyn had strengthened his party's position, calling him "the real victor of the British election". "Britain is a member of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, so we have a lot of shared challenges to deal with, and that's the spirit we want to carry out these negotiations in".

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May, who had campaigned against Brexit last year but took over the Conservative party after David Cameron lost last June's Brexit referendum, delivered her terms for withdrawal in March, setting the clock ticking on a two-year countdown to departure.

First came infighting among Conservatives about the kind of Brexit they wanted and unrealistic expectations about the deal they could get, then an election campaign in which May took personal aim at Brussels and accused the European Union of meddling in the polls. But as Gardner warns, without getting the strong majority she wanted, May remains beholden to the Euroskeptics in her party.

"The prime minister has spoken with me this morning", Foster said.

It means Brexit negotiations, which are set to begin the week after next, are nearly certain to be delayed.

"At the same time, we say that we want to remain a good partner to Britain". He wants a trade deal and a guarantee that European Union worker rights be preserved as part of any Brexit agreement.

Europe's governments will now be concerned about prolonged uncertainty on their economies, businesses and citizens as well as the risk of there not being an exit deal at all.

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EU Council President Donald Tusk told Britain in a Tweet: "Do your best to avoid a "no deal" as result of "no negotiations". "I am fully committed to maintaining regular and close contact at our level to facilitate the work of our negotiators". "With a weak negotiating partner, there's the danger that the negotiations will turn out badly".

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