UK election will aid Brexit negotions: EU parliament president

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 09:49 GMT, Apr 21, 2017 |

The president of the European parliament, Antonio Tajani, said on Thursday (April 20) that he welcomed British Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to hold an early general election, as the voting in of a new government would make the task of negotiating Britain’s exit from the European Union simpler.

“To have a new government before the beginning of the official negotiation is I think is good not only for the UK but also for us, because we’ll have for the next years the same prime minister, the same ministers, the same negotiators and we know the real situation in the UK. We know the government, it’s possible to work, because we need to work for the implementation of the Brexit, in two years it’s better for us to work with the same government and not with a potential election campaign,” Tajani told the media in London.

Speaking at a news conference after holding a “positive” meeting with May at Downing street, Tajani also said that defending the rights of EU citizens after Brexit was the “first priority” of the European parliament.