European Council President Donald Tusk said on Twitter that the surprising twist in the Brexit saga is like a movie plot by British master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock: “It was Hitchcock, who directed Brexit: first an earthquake and the tension rises.”
It was Hitchcock, who directed Brexit: first an earthquake and the tension rises.
— Donald Tusk (@donaldtusk) April 18, 2017
Donald Tusk, the former Polish premier who chairs summits of EU leaders and is overseeing plans for talks with London, i9s not known for cracking often such jokes. In his tweet, he was referring to remark widely attributed to the British-born Hollywood film-maker that a good movie “should start with an earthquake and be followed by rising tension”.
May called for parliamentary election on June 8, just about the time Brussels has expected formal negotiations to start on the terms on which Britain will leave the EU in March 2019.
May said there was “no going back” on last year’s referendum vote to quit – a result which many in the EU compared to an earthquake – but she wanted to strengthen her own position.
May also said: “The country is coming together, but Westminster is not.
“In recent weeks Labour has threatened to vote against the deal we reach with the European Union.
“The Liberal Democrats have said they want to grind the business of government to a standstill.
“The Scottish National Party say they will vote against the legislation that formally repeals Britain’s membership of the European Union.
“And unelected members of the House of Lords have vowed to fight us every step of the way.”
EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier has said he expects full negotiations to start in early June, although it remains unclear what the British position on that will now be, given the electoral timetable. May formally triggered a two-year countdown to Brexit on March 29.