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Election will 'strengthen our hand in negotiation,' Theresa May says this morning

Election will 'strengthen our hand in negotiation,' Theresa May says this morning

Echoing comments made by Mrs May in her statement when calling the election, he said: "The Prime Minister is involved in the most hard negotiations ever imaginable for anyone in her position".

An early ballot will give the prime minister - or her replacement - more time to implement Brexit before another election.

While Mrs May reaffirmed her commitment to give Parliament a vote on any deal with the European Union she flatly ruled out a second referendum.

May's Conservatives had 48 percent of the vote in a YouGov poll for The Times on Wednesday night, compared with 24 percent for the opposition Labour Party and hinting at a landslide victory under Britain's first past the post electoral system.

May's governing Conservatives now have a slight majority, with 330 seats in the 650-seat House of Commons.

The Prime Minister said she was committed to regaining control of Britain's borders but refused to be drawn on whether free movement of labour would end as soon as the United Kingdom withdrew from the EU.

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Brok said that could help "so that we can conduct the negotiations professionally in the next 1 ½ years to reach a sensible result that reduces the damage". The EU is making this a "red line" in negotiations.

She accused opposition parties of trying to jeopardise the Government's preparations for exiting the EU. Polls give the Conservatives a double-digit lead over Labour, and May is gambling that an election will deliver her a personal mandate from voters and produce a bigger Conservative majority.

The early election is the latest twist a turbulent year in British politics, which was plunged into turmoil when the country unexpectedly voted to leave the European Union last year.

"Every day has been a privilege and a pleasure but it can't go on for ever and the electoral cycle means that each incumbent has to think again about what's best for them, the constituency and the party", he said in a letter to voters.

At the beginning of April, major finance lobby group AFME said Britain's banks and other professional services institutions are going to struggle to fully prepare themselves for Brexit within the two-year deadline.

Still, elections have a habit of delivering unexpected outcomes. She will likely get it, since Labour has welcomed the early election.

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The fate of May's predecessor, David Cameron, also holds out a potential warning for May. This time past year, Cameron fully expected Britain to vote to remain in the European Union in the referendum he had called for June. Instead, the British chose to leave in a vote that has roiled British politics ever since, starting with Cameron's resignation.

"There is no issue of timing or postponement", he said. Some have even said the reaction since May's announcement was overdone and liable to a reverse.

"This will allow the EU27 to start negotiations", he said.

Against the dollar, 2016 was the worst year for sterling since the 2008 financial crisis, and some strategists anxious a flurry of negative headlines from the first blows in the Brexit talks over the next few months may weaken it further.

"It isn't quite the one-way street that a lot of people have painted over the last 20 hours", said Richard Benson, co-head of portfolio investment with currency fund Millennium Global in London.

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