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Louis Grech
We are very well prepared for these negotiations and the remarkable thing is that we are unified at 27.feedback
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May 23 2017
“We are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack. All our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected. I called an election on this whole issue of trust, because the question that people face is, who do they trust to take this country though the Brexit negotiations?” said Theresa May speaking about Brexit. It’s one of the 751 quotes about Brexit you can find on this page. 409 people have said something about this topic. Among them: Tim Farron, Michel Barnier and Jeremy Corbyn. Browse the quotes by date and by name to find those that are relevant to you.
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Michel Barnier

They will be tough. There will be moments of tension. We are ready. But we need to put things in perspective. It is the settle the accounts, assure and orderly withdrawal that the U.K. requested. It is their choice and responsibility. The faster we find a deal on these priority issues, the earlier we will be able to start discussing our future relationship in a constructive way.feedback

Louis Grech

We are under no illusion that these negotiations will be complex and far from straightforward. Moreover, there is also a very limited timeframe which adds pressure to an already difficult process.feedback

Aarti Shankar

There might be some room to discuss trade arrangements for the future. I'm not sure if Brexit will come up.feedback

Theresa May

We don't need to just look like we can walk away, we need to be able to walk away...Under the circumstances, if that was necessary, we would be in a position to do it. There is much debate about what the U.K.'s obligations might be or indeed what our rights might be. We make it clear that we would look at those both rights and obligations.feedback

Angus Robertson

Labour cannot pretend to support ordinary workers when at the same time they want to hit them with a fresh tax bombshell - something even the UK Labour party have avoided. As always on tax, on Trident and on Brexit, Labour are at sixes and sevens.feedback

Michel Barnier

We are ready and well-prepared. We have a solid resolution of the European Parliament, we have excellent working relations between the EU institutions. We have a negotiating team. All structurals are in place. We will need to make sufficient progress on this first phase if we are to move to phase two as quickly as we can at the end of this year and the beginning of next as we negotiate the future relationship between the EU and the UK.feedback

Polly Toynbee

The PM’s panicked reaction over social care has trashed her claim to be strong and stable. If she wobbles like this, how will she cope with negotiating Brexit?Screeching types, burning rubber, chaos and panic, this U-turn just four days after printing her manifesto is unprecedented – and incomprehensible. Theresa May’s about-face is a shocker, as she announces a cap on what people will pay for their care. She all but abandons one of her few brave and wise policies in a fit of election madness.feedback

Michel Barnier

From the day the UK decided to leave, the EU has gone through an intense preparatory process. We are ready and well-prepared. It is the UK which is leaving the EU and not vice-versa. We have clearly, the 27, confirmed that position that we must defend … a negotiation is a negotiation.feedback

Michel Barnier

I heard David Davis, who I know well. He referred to the possibility of 'no deal'. That is not my choice and I would advise anyone to explain exactly what no deal would entail.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

The arts pupil premium will allow every primary school child the chance to learn an instrument, take part in drama and dance and have regular access to a theatre, gallery or museum. Labour will deliver a creative future for all and culture for the many, not the few. We want to unleash the potential of every young person not just through education but also through culture. In every one of us there is a poet, a writer, a singer of songs, an artist. But too few of us fulfil our artistic ambition.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

We will end austerity to boost creativity. What we have proposed here today in Hull is something that will absolutely transform the cultural landscape of this country in exactly the same way [as] the 1960s Labour government led by Harold Wilson and that fantastic minister for the arts Jenny Lee, who transformed whole ideas and notions and culture and involvement of everybody. There is creativity in us all.feedback

Tom Watson

We will need the shared experiences this sector provides. Labour believes that cities like Hull have demonstrated that creativity can drive inward investment, regeneration and tourism as well as being an important expression of local and regional identity.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Artistic careers shouldn't be restricted to those who go to the most expensive schools. That's why Labour's policies are so important to make sure children have the opportunity to study artistic subjects in schools and build up our cultural institutions.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

The Labour government of 1997 helped bring in the historic Good Friday agreement, the basis of which was a recognition of the differing cultural histories and values of Northern Ireland. It stood the test of time and it's still there. We have a devolved administration. We should recognise that that peace was achieved by a lot of bravery both in the unionist and in the nationalist community.feedback

John S. Watson - Chevron

A drought in the Mediterranean has hurt crop yields and major exporters like Greece and Italy are struggling to meet output expectations. The other major contributor is Brexit, with the drop in the value of the pound meaning rising costs for UK importers and supermarkets. Faced with the pound some 13pc down versus the euro since the referendum vote, the cost to buy goods from overseas has increased for British businesses.feedback

Caroline Lucas

One of the biggest ways we are letting down our young people is on the environment. The last year was the hottest year on record. I feel so let down by the fact that Labour has not been a rigorous opposition when it comes to Brexit. Essentially, they have allowed the government to have a blank cheque on a hard Brexit.feedback

Caroline Lucas

The Green Guarantee is about hope, and we need hope now like never before. I can't remember a time in my life where the future has felt more uncertain, with Brexit, with accelerated climate change, with an NHS in crisis. Let us make no mistake – she has no mandate for the kind of Brexit she is pursuing, out of the single market, out of the customs union, leaving environmental protections behind, ending free movement.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

I condemn all acts of violence in Northern Ireland from wherever they came. I spent the whole of the 1980s representing a constituency with a large number of Irish people in it, we wanted peace, we wanted justice, we wanted a solution. The ceasefire, the first ceasefire, helped to bring that about, and bring about those talks, which were representative of all sections of opinion in Northern Ireland.feedback

Philip Howard

Many of us wish we could study Facebook, but we can't, because they really don't share anything. I think that there have been several democratic exercises in the last year that have gone off the rails because of large amounts of misinformation in the public sphere. Brexit and its outcome, and the Trump election and its outcome, are what I think of as 'mistakes', in that there were such significant amounts of misinformation out in the public sphere.feedback

Damian Green

I think this will focus people's minds on the fact that in less than a month's time Jeremy Corbyn could be leading the Brexit negotiations. Given Labour's complete lack of credibility, nonsensical economic policy, as well as their other policies, nobody surely wants that.feedback

Theresa May

I'm backing those that want a more secure and full life. I'm backing those whose only wish is that their children will do better than themselves.feedback

Theresa May

Because if we don't get this right, the consequences for the United Kingdom and for the economic security of ordinary working people will be dire. If we do, the opportunities ahead are great. And to those that look to their government and their politicians for a little help and support, I'm backing you too. Because too often in the past, ordinary working people have found the help and support they need just isn't there. And I know that sense of disenchantment is particularly acute here in Wales.feedback

Theresa May

We saw that when people here in Wrexham and across Wales chose to ignore the hysterical warnings of Labour, Plaid Cymru and Liberal Democrat politicians in Cardiff Bay, and voted to leave the EU. We see it now in the way those same politicians refuse to respect that vote as they try to find new ways to put obstacles in our way. And the cause of that emerging gulf is clear. It is because the Labour Party has taken people in Wales for granted for decades - just as it has in other communities across Britain.feedback

Theresa May

That is why we need someone representing Britain who is 100 per cent committed to the cause.feedback

Theresa May

There are just 17 days to go until this crucial General Election. Just 11 days after that, the European Union wants the Brexit negotiations to begin. The UK's seat at the negotiating table will be filled by me or Jeremy Corbyn. The deal we seek will be negotiated by me or Jeremy Corbyn. There will be no time to waste and no time for a new government to find its way. So the stakes in this election are high. Not someone who is uncertain or unsure, but someone utterly determined to deliver the democratic will of the British people.feedback

David Davis

We don't need to just look like we can walk away, we need to be able to walk away. Under the circumstances, if that was necessary, we would be in a position to do it. There are plenty of people in the European Union who want this to succeed. There may be some who want it to fail. I'm of the view that the likeliest outcome is the outcome we are looking for.feedback

Sol Bellear

Things should be so much better for Aboriginal people. I think the country saw 1967 as the end of the fight. Before 1967, we weren't counted in the census or anything as people. Dogs and cats and pigs and sheep were counted in Australia before Aboriginal people. All these reports just sit there and gather dust. Now and then, someone will pick one up and say: 'Maybe we should implement such and such' – or maybe not, because it's all too hard.feedback

Sol Bellear

After the referendum, though, it was like the work was done for the rest of the country and governments – when it was actually just the bloody beginning. Every little thing we've won since, we've had to fight for.feedback

Ben Wallace

We want a Prime Minister, not a leader of a protest movement who has opposed nearly every measure to keep this country safe in the last thirty years. The only way to get the strong leadership our country needs through Brexit and beyond is to vote for Theresa May and her Conservative team on June 8.feedback

Ruth Davidson

Nicola Sturgeon says she wants a seat at the Brexit table but she wants Scotland to be out of the UK and into the eurozone. I ask myself, which side of the table does she want to be sat on?feedback

Willie Rennie

Ruth Davidson called Boris Johnson a liar on three occasions. Now she's standing with Theresa May arguing for a hard Brexit. She's talking about the opportunities that it presents for the country. If Boris was lying then, does that mean Ruth is lying now?feedback

Rafał Milczarski

There is a demand for our services, and the million or so Poles living in the UK offer great potential. If there's an agreement, nothing will change. Britain is an attractive base for Poles, and I doubt many Poles will be leaving the UK.feedback

Mark Gerhard

It's not about reopening the Brexit vote, it's about who you think will be safer to shepherd the journey from here – at which point I don't care any more, it's a fait accompli.feedback

David Runciman

It is easier for a town like Cambridge, which was vehemently anti-Brexit, to fulfil that post-Brexit vision of being genuinely global, seeking new opportunities elsewhere, than somewhere that is perhaps very pro-Brexit with very few global opportunities. That was one of the ironies of the vote.feedback

Boris Johnson

We are at a critical phase in the history of this country. We have to get Brexit right. I am genuinely alarmed by the idea that it could be handled in just 11 days after the election by Jeremy Corbyn. I do not for the life of me understand how he is supposed to go and sit at that table in Brussels on day one of the talks when he hasn't got a clue whether he wants to stay in the single market or the customs union and he has a completely unintelligible position on immigration.feedback

Observer editorial

The Conservative proposals are full of promise but Brexit-related pitfalls are all too obvious. Theresa May’s election manifesto is a watershed moment in British politics. It defines Conservativism’s decisive and long overdue break with Thatcherism . The declaration in the statement of manifesto principles that Conservatives do not believe in the “untrammelled free market”, nor “selfish individualism and abhor social division, unfairness, inequality and injustice” is startling. No less arresting are the following paragraphs declaring a belief in the “power of government to do good” and that “nobody, however powerful, succeeded alone and we all have a debt to others”. Society, it proclaims, is “a contract between generations”.feedback

Amelia Gentleman

The response from Cambridge readers has given a depth to reporting that wouldn't otherwise have been possible and helped me understand a few things about the campaign in Cambridge: that it will be incredibly close; that the Labour and Lib Dem candidates, who are both former MPs, are (unusually for politicians) both very popular; that whether students are more cross about Brexit or the Lib Dems' U-turn on tuition fees could be critical to the result.feedback

Ben Houchen

Brexit cannot be underestimated as a massive issue in these strong Labour areas. With Brexit what we're actually seeing is people realising what those representing them for decades are now just not in line with their views. There's been a growing disconnect between Labour supporters and Labour politicians. I do think we've got to a breaking point where people are looking for a genuine alternative and Theresa May's grabbed that with both hands.feedback

Theresa May

There is much debate about what the UK's obligations might be or indeed what our rights might be in terms of money being paid in in the past. We make it clear that we would look at those both rights and obligations. There's the investment bank, there's the investment fund, there are various areas. This will be, as you know, an important part of the negotiations.feedback

Samuel Tombs - Capital Economics

We expect growth to slow to around 0.2pc per quarter from the start of 2018, with a long and potentially messy EU negotiation damaging business confidence for the whole period. International businesses will not switch off investment in the UK overnight, but over five, 10 , 15 years it may hurt, with deep long-term effects on foreign direct investment and on GDP. But a lot will depend upon Brexit and whether we need to make large, sustained transfers to the EU's budget as part of any future arrangement.feedback

Simon Hughes - The Telegraph

But after having voted to give Theresa May a blank cheque for Brexit, Labour is now is refusing to help vulnerable families cope. It is a double betrayal.feedback

Simon Hughes - The Telegraph

Soaring inflation and higher prices as a result of Brexit will worsen the impact of the benefits freeze for millions of families already struggling to get by.feedback

Paul Polman

Better than Warren's, . What we have talked about with government is that it strikes me that the UK is not – and I put my words carefully – in an equal position. You have to have a discussion of why these differences are there, and whether you are putting yourself in a good position or a bad position, especially at the time of Brexit and many other things.feedback

François Heisbourg - The International Institute for Strategic Studies

If you don't pay into it, you will presumably not be able to partake of its benefits. I'd be quite happy if the Brits decided to be part of it but is that likely if 'Brexit means Brexit?feedback

Mike Hookem

Rather than reclaiming what is rightfully ours under international law, Theresa May's manifesto has signalled her intention to only reclaim waters up to 12 miles, which was the limit before our entering the Common Fisheries Policy in the 1970s. The EU realise how important fisheries are to their economies, that is why they are fighting for them.feedback

Alan Hastings

After their dubious manifesto wording, the only way the Conservatives can redeem their position publicly to avoid accusations of a sell-out is to affirm categorically that the UK will take back control of our entire UK EEZ and to exercise sovereign control over all the waters and resources within for the benefit of UK fishermen.feedback

Owen Paterson

I am delighted to see it confirmed that we will have a modern fishing policy that will have an EEZ 200 miles off the coastline.feedback

Angus Robertson

Theresa May flew into Edinburgh today to deliver one simple message to the people of Scotland - get back in your box. This carbon copy manifesto confirms beyond doubt that Tory MPs from Scotland will simply rubber-stamp Theresa May's plans and endorse the damage she is determined to do to households and our economy. The Tories have done more to divide society, create instability and destroy opportunities for young people than any other government in living memory - now they are asking people to vote for them to fix the problems that they have created.feedback

Ruth Davidson

You don't know what Brexit looks like, how it plays out, and you don't know what independence looks like because they haven't outlined that either. We've seen time and time again that there is no public consent for it, people don't want to be dragged back there. This isn't about timings, dates, parliaments, whatever, this is about the principle.feedback

Gurnek Bains

In this general election, political leaders have failed to challenge the assumption that less immigration would be good for Britain. It might help particular politicians win elections but voters and our national interests will be the losers. There are now political leaders from across the political spectrum who either pretend lower immigration will solve every problem or connive in this deceit. These politicians are not only selling voters short - they are selling our country short too.feedback

Jonathan Watts-Lay - WEALTH at work

There are more people who will pay into Isas and in larger amounts. One of the key drivers is people reaching their pension limits - either annual or lifetime. In some cases, employers are giving them money that otherwise would have been paid into a pension but can't be, to do whatever they want with. The wisest thing to do with that is use up as much of the Isa limit as possible each year.feedback

Simon Burrows - 3i

We may or may not have to ensure we have a mirror of our approvals in continental Europe.feedback

Ruth Davidson

Within our United Kingdom today, great disparities exist. So a unionist government will take action to close these gaps and bring our nations and people together.feedback

Ruth Davidson

A vote for any other party is a vote to weaken our union, to weaken our negotiating hand in Europe and to put our future prosperity and security at risk. If we fail, the consequences for the United Kingdom and for the economic security of ordinary working people will be dire.feedback

Stephane Boujnah

If the decision is taken to relocate clearing of euro denominated within the European Union, then clearly we will make sure it has the best impact for the Euronext market and Euronext players. I believe this option is likely to prevail. We should expect one way or the other to have relocation of a significant part of trading and clearing of euro denominated assets.feedback

Lee Hodgkinson

Their expectations are that they will need to clear more business in the euro zone than previously.feedback

Gary Lynch

The news on corporation tax is music to the ears of business. European leaders and officials have warned the Government against slashing taxes after Brexit – speaking at the World Economic Forum in January, Germany's Finance Minister said Theresa May would not be taken seriously by world leaders if she turned Brexit Britain into a low-tax competitor off Europe's coast.feedback

Albrecht Ritschl

A phased Brexit using Efta as a stepladder to put integration with the EU into reverse would give Theresa May a symbolic clear break with the EU at an early stage of the exit process, since Britain would no longer be subject to the rulings of the European court of justice. At the same time it would protect a legal framework for the further negotiating of a free trade deal, since Efta has its own court of arbitration in Berne.feedback

David Davis

My aim and my expectation is that we are going to get a free trade agreement, we are going to get a decent agreement with them. And that's the foundation. We get that, then you get the economy right, then you can pay for public services. That's the way it works.feedback

James Kelly

Ruth Davidson wants people to believe that she's a different kind of Tory, but the reality is that the Scottish Tories are the party of the 'rape clause' and a hard Brexit. The Tories' reckless Brexit gamble has given the Nationalists the excuse they have been looking for to try to force another divisive independence referendum.feedback

Jack Duckett

Following the UK's vote to leave the EU, there has been a great deal of discussion about how it will impact the price of goods and services. Mintel research underlines particular concern about the rising cost of in-home food and inflation is undoubtedly going to squeeze household budgets. However, broader consumer confidence is still relatively strong. Despite rising prices, most people still expect their finances to hold up well over the next year. It's the bigger picture issues that the UK faces, such as the NHS and the economy, that are the main concern, rather than people's own finances.feedback

Paul Nuttall

There is no collusion – certainly myself and my campaign – but I can always speak for myself and the Russians – zero.feedback

Neil Jones

In time, we sense UK economic releases will fall over, just not yet.feedback

David Lamb

Sterling's stars have aligned, powering it through the psychologically significant $1.30 mark for the first time since September. The combination of the UK's surging consumer spending and President Trump's firestorm has decisively tilted the balance of power in favour of the pound over the dollar.feedback

Tim Farron

Someone is going to have the final say over the final Brexit deal. It could be the politicians or it could be the people. I believe it must be the people.feedback

Dan Deming

Even when we saw the disruption in markets for Brexit and the election, the market was able to wash these events out of the matrix very quickly. Market participants are getting more and more conditioned to fade those moves. [Investors] are not willing to pay up for insurance because of the more efficient market structure. We've seen the evolution of the volatility space. The options market participants are just not willing to pay a significant premium for that price of insurance. However, at some point it will reach a point where they are willing to pay.feedback

Steven Barrow

Elections have been reasonably predictable over the last 20 years, with the exception of 2010 perhaps, and this one more than ever.feedback

Jordan Rochester

This is not a tight election. It's probably going to be more like the New Labour re-elections of 2001 or 2005. Sterling has a slightly thicker skin, and 'hard Brexit' seems to be in the price somewhat.feedback

Steven Barrow

We could see a similar reaction in sterling this time - 'buy the rumour, sell the fact' - not only because May is expected to win, but also because we go straight into Brexit negotiations.feedback

Caroline Simmons - UBS Wealth Management

Over time, things become clearer and the market tends to recover. But we've got the added outcome of Brexit this time around.feedback

Dean Turner - UBS

Not committing to close the budget deficit until the middle of the next decade should provide some fiscal flexibility through the Brexit negotiations if it is needed. And it looks as though there is some scope to amend taxation, which could give the chancellor further room for manoeuvre.feedback

Daniel Mahoney

While it is quite understandable that Theresa May wants fiscal wriggle room during the Brexit negotiations, this fiscal target is disappointing. It should be seen as a 'worst case' scenario. The next government must aim to achieve a budget surplus at an earlier date.feedback

Theresa May

There is no 'Mayism'...There is good solid Conservatism, which puts the interests of the country and the interests of ordinary working people at the heart of everything we do. The negotiations will undoubtedly be tough, and there will be give and take on both sides, but we continue to believe that no deal is better than a bad deal for the UK. It is ...a portrait of the kind of country I want (Britain) ...to be after Brexit as we chart our own way in the world.feedback

Tim Aker

We have got to make sure that we have Ukip MPs on the backbenches, the Vietcong in the trees, making sure that if they don't deliver, if they don't do what the people want, we will be there to strike. Without Ukip in the Commons, there will be no Brexit. Now they are selecting Remain candidates for safe seats. Take Vicky Ford, also known as Vichy Ford due to her willingness to collaborate with the EU, can this euro-fanatic be trusted with Brexit. Jackie Doyle Price, Brandon Lewis, Matt Warman, all Remain MPs in heavily Brexit seats. They have to go.feedback

Tim Aker

This is Ukip's opportunity. The message is clear – we need a Ukip voice in the Commons to make sure we finish the job on Brexit. Theresa May's record tells us without the threat, they're free to backslide.feedback

Michel Barnier

Once this agreement had been achieved, the EU member states wished to close this part of the negotiations once for all without going back to it.feedback

Federica Mogherini - European Union

The UK contributes to our civilian mission by 3% and military operations by 5% and that is mainly the headquarters in Norfolk. And obviously the headquarters will not be in a non-member state in the future. So there is not such significant contribution to our missions and operations form the UK to be put on the table.feedback

Federica Mogherini - European Union

We will define together how the future relations will be in this field but this is not a field where one side has to perceive itself as stronger than the other, on the contrary. The UK is an important foreign policy, security and defence player but nothing compared to the other 27 together. So there is no trade-off imaginable.feedback

Leanne Wood

I have a message for the Prime Minister, who I'm sure is watching tonight. You may be too scared to come here tonight, for your U-turns to be highlighted, for your cruel policies to be exposed. You want this election to only be about Brexit because that means you avoid talking about the real issues like the NHS, the economy and the cuts you have made to our public services. That's weak leadership – weak and unstable. I hope all of us here tonight will show you that real leadership means being willing to defend what you stand for, not hide from it.feedback

Chris Grigg - British Land

We are reporting a good set of results today despite an uncertain environment over the last 12 months. The increase in valuations in the second half is also better than many expected six months ago. These results reflect the continuing execution of our strategy, providing space that responds to changing lifestyles and really fulfils customers' needs. We expect to be operating in an uncertain environment for some time; in this context, we will benefit from the resilience of our business, the quality of our portfolio and the strength of our finances.feedback

Leanne Wood

You may be too scared to come her tonight for your U-turns to be highlighted... you want this election to only be about Brexit.feedback

Stephen Koseff

We're not too concerned about it, it's like an irritation.feedback

Mike van Dulken - Accendo Markets

This could just be an attempt to extend what is a very familiar M&A dance and eke out an even better offer for shareholders, but it would surely be a case of three strikes and you're out. The question now is whether the shares can break above Brexit-induced lows of £11.30 and whether it is a third attempt from Elis that helps deliver it.feedback

Sylvie Matherat - Deutsche Bank

Nobody in the financial industry is able to stand that. You can wait ... up to a certain point. There is a deadline, where we can't keep optionality.feedback

Michael Spencer

If the EU is proposing to repatriate EU clearing from London to Europe they're clearly going to impose upon London some sort of penalty.feedback

Michel Barnier

Possibly we will work on transition periods after Brexit, after Britain leaves, periods of phasing out and of phasing in toward the future relationship. But the real transition period is now, before withdrawal. I recommend that particularly all economic actors make good use of this period so that withdrawal, on the day it happens, probably in March 2019, is as orderly as possible. This sequencing is not done to create problems, or as some kind of punishment for the United Kingdom. It is there to solve problems and put them in the right order.feedback

Richard Lim

The latest data showed shoppers continued to shrug off any Brexit and political uncertainty with retail sales beating even the most optimistic expectations. Despite the surge in inflation and squeeze on households' finances, consumers were out in force during the Easter break with the warm weather driving sales across the sector.feedback

Tim Farron

Personally I wish I could argue it away. Abortion is wrong. I may not have expressed myself terribly well 10 years ago but I was pro-choice then and I am pro-choice now.feedback

Tim Farron

But that's not the future Theresa May is offering you. If you want to know the most revealing thing that has been said during this election, look at Nigel Farage's Twitter. Theresa May is using the exact words and phrases I've been using for twenty years.feedback

Tim Farron

And that's fine. You see, when last year's referendum took place I campaigned harder than anyone else to remain. I believed passionately that our children would have a brighter future if Britain remained in the European Union. But we lost – and I accept that. But that doesn't mean I have changed what I believe. I believe that our children will have a brighter future if we are inside the European Union. That they will be safer and better off. That our economy will be stronger and our country will have more influence in the world.feedback

Tim Farron

Where we have good schools and hospitals. Where we take the challenge of climate change seriously. Where give our teachers and nurses and soldiers the pay rise they deserve for the service they give our country. Where we have an open, innovative economy. Where we treat the poorest and the most vulnerable with compassion. Where we don't turn our back on desperate refugees. That's the Britain I love. That's the Britain I want to lead.feedback

Tim Farron

And there was definitely nothing on the ballot paper that said we would turn our allies into enemies. Yet here we are, with our government making accusations of our neighbours and even threatening war with Spain. The choices Theresa May makes – and the compromises she negotiates with bureaucrats in Brussels – will affect our children's future for decades to come. My children, your children, Malcolm's grandchildren. In June last year we voted for a departure, but we didn't vote for a destination. So I want you to have your choice over your future.feedback

Tim Farron

But just because I believe that doesn't mean I think people who voted to leave are bad people. Of course they're not. We just disagree. You see, I grew up in Preston in Lancashire. And most of the people in Preston voted to leave. There are parts of Lancashire where two-thirds of people voted to leave. Friends of mine did. Members of my family did. They don't all admit that to my face, but I know they did. Those people, they're my people. I like them. They're good people. Decent people.feedback

Tim Farron

And she's already making choices that will affect those things, including the most profound choice she could make – taking Britain out of the Single Market. That decision alone is a time bomb under our economy. And when it blows up it is going to take our NHS and our schools down with it. It is going to wreck our children's future for decades to come. And it is a choice. Plain and simple. It wasn't inevitable.feedback

Tim Farron

And, as it happens, I liked Malcolm too. Once he stopped shouting at me. But here's the difference between me and Theresa May – I want Malcolm, and everyone in Preston, and every single one of you, to have your say over what comes next. Nobody knows what Brexit will look like. The choices Theresa May will make will affect your life and our country for decades – your job, your weekly shop, your environment, your safety, where you can travel to and where you can live.feedback

Tim Farron

There was nothing on the ballot paper last June that said we were choosing to pull out of the Single Market. There are other countries that are outside the EU but inside the Single Market – just look at Norway or Switzerland. There was nothing on the ballot paper that said that people and families from Europe who have made this country their home would be left in limbo, not knowing if they can stay in the country they raise their kids in.feedback

Tim Farron

A couple of weeks ago, in Kidlington near Oxford, I met a guy called Malcolm. I say met…he came up to me in the street and started shouting at me. You might have seen it on the news. Or the Internet. In the end we actually got along. But he was angry with me for not getting behind Theresa May and backing Brexit. I think I calmed him down a bit when we spoke, but I don't think I changed his mind.feedback

Tim Farron

Someone is going to have the final say over the Brexit deal. It could be the politicians or it could be the people. I believe it should be the people. You should have the final say on whether Theresa May's Brexit deal is right for you and your family in a referendum. And if you don't like that deal, you should have the choice to remain in the European Union. Giving you the choice over your future is exactly what our manifesto is about. I want you to imagine a brighter future. Imagine a future where our children can grow up in a country where people are decent to each other.feedback

Anne Perkins

Tim Farron’s manifesto is tied to the mast of a second Brexit referendum. But with the remain vote flaking away, his pitch to a tolerant, open Britain is flailing. The parties’ manifestos tell a new tale of political division. The deep gulf in national opinion revealed by the Brexit referendum is reflected across the main parties; each is struggling to adjust to the uncomfortable discovery that its voters are not thinking what it thought they were thinking. The Tories and Labour are in the process of transformation. The Liberal Democrats, in startling contrast, are – metaphorically speaking – lashed tightly to the mast, committed to the course they embarked on long before the weather turned.feedback

Chris Grigg - British Land

Looking forward, the picture is a mixed one. The Brexit process has begun but uncertainty will continue for some considerable time. London occupiers, particularly financial institutions, are making contingency plans but there is a wide range of possible outcomes here. Our conversations with occupiers tell us that a large majority continue to value London and believe in its place as a global centre, as we do.feedback

Chris Grigg - British Land

We are particularly pleased by the increase in underlying profits, by our strong leasing performance across the business and by the very successful sales we have made. The increase in valuations in the second half is also better than many expected six months ago.feedback

Chris Grigg - British Land

Although we are seeing businesses taking longer to commit and being more thorough in assessing options, we see polarisation of both occupier and investor demand accelerating with an increasing focus on the best quality space. We expect London to continue as a leading global city reflecting its diverse pool of intellectual capital and reputation for innovation, as well as its culture, language and strong regulatory and legal framework.feedback

George Monbiot

We urgently need new rules to prevent the capture of our politics by billionaires and corporations and their secretive funding. How is this acceptable? A multimillionaire City asset manager has pledged to spend up to £700,000 on ousting Labour MPs who campaigned against Brexit. Jeremy Hosking will use his money to ensure that there is as little parliamentary opposition to a hard Brexit as possible. Why should multimillionaires be allowed to try to buy political results?feedback

James Kelly

This is a pathetic attack from the Scottish Tories, who are desperate to cover up the deep splits within their own party over Brexit.feedback

Tim Farron

The Liberal Democrats want you to have a choice over your future. You should have your say on the Brexit deal in a referendum. And if you don't like the deal you should be able to reject it and choose to remain in Europe. We want to give all our children a brighter future in a fairer Britain where people are decent to each other, with good schools and hospitals, a clean environment and an innovative economy. Not Theresa May's cold, mean-spirited Britain.feedback

Tim Farron

A vote for the Liberal Democrats can change Britain's future. Imagine a brighter future. You don't have to accept Theresa May and Nigel Farage's extreme version of Brexit that will wreck the future for you, your family, your schools and hospitals. In the biggest fight for the future of our country in a generation, Jeremy Corbyn's Labour has let you down by voting with Theresa May on Brexit – not against her.feedback

Vittorio Colao - Vodafone Group

Once you go through the usual pre-negotiation tactics that everybody uses, I think pragmatism should prevail. The leadership of Europe and the leadership of the large European countries will at some point find a common platform with Britain.feedback

Vittorio Colao - Vodafone Group

I disagree with people who say that politicians are irrational, politicians are among the most rational people that I meet because they use the rationality of political support, so we need to be sure there is a good environment for providing political support for politicians who want to find agreement. So the question is what is the likelihood that the Brexit process actually determines a slowdown in the economy or even worse consequences, now here I happen to be a little bit more optimistic than most people because I believe that it is nobody's interest to generate that.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Only Labour has the plan to make Brexit work for ordinary people. We're clear there is now a choice. Labour Brexit that puts jobs first or a Tory Brexit that'll be geared towards the interests of the City of London and risk making Britain a low-wage tax haven.feedback

Leanne Wood

People in Wales are facing a tidal wave of attacks from the Conservatives. We can no longer hide behind the crumbling wall of Labour. We face grave risks ahead of this election – our farming, our communities, even our very identity as a nation. All of that is under threat from a Tory party that can only be described as cruel and reckless. Jobs will be jeopardised, our tourism and farming industries plunged into uncertainty and our public services targeted. Labour is broken – too weak and too divided to stop them. They have abandoned ship and are now fighting over who gets the life rafts.feedback

Leanne Wood

Labour's Welsh MPs, who are asking for Welsh votes, refuse to even name their own party leader. They've disowned the Labour manifesto and are recycling policies from the last assembly election. The left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing. Labour isn't a party which has any hope of defending Wales.feedback

Allie Renison

How this affects Brexit negotiations will depend on whether the final trade agreement includes investment provisions or not, although neither the UK or EU has expressed much interest in this to date. It's important to remember that any eventual UK-EU trade agreement would not be about opening up each other's markets in controversial areas, but trying to limit the amount of disruption to trade, and so it is unlikely to encounter the same resistance from other EU countries once concluded by the Commission.feedback

Allie Renison

While the court confirmed that member states do have a role over aspects of investment, it parted with the earlier advocate general's opinion on a raft of important policy areas such as transport, labour and environmental standards, which it said are reserved for the EU executive when negotiating free trade agreements. This may mean a separation between trade and investment in future agreements. How this affects Brexit negotiations will depend on whether the final trade agreement includes investment provisions or not, although neither the UK or EU has expressed much interest in this to date.feedback

Catherine McGuinness

And in this case, all the evidence points one way: that the mass uprooting and offshoring of part of the industry – of clearing of transactions in one currency – would not only be vastly complicated, but also vastly damaging and potentially destabilizing. It's because it makes the posting of collateral more cost-effective. And, frankly, it's because we're good at it. And if we split off one currency, with euro clearing moving to, say, Paris, all we'll see is systemic risk going up, liquidity going down, costs hitting the roof. In sum, it'd be a completely avoidable outcome.feedback

Steve Peers

The Court of justice says all services - even transport - can be ratified by a qualified majority vote, which is potentially quite a big opening for the UK.feedback

Nicole Kar - Linklaters

This is the most significant ECJ case on EU trade policy for twenty years and has huge ramifications for any UK-EU FTA. In policy terms, now the UK government will want to consider whether it moderates its ambition for the UK-EU FTA to those matters where there is exclusive competence in order to secure agreement through EU Member State governments by qualified majority voting.feedback

Anahita Thoms - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

What the court basically said is that E.U. member states have a say in this. It reinforces the principle that the E.U. does not have exclusive competence here. Negotiating trade deals is complicated, and this judgment will not lessen the complications associated with trade deals.feedback

Ben Warren

Investors are still waiting for clarity around the post-Brexit landscape. Question marks linger around renewable energy targets, subsidies and connections with mainland power markets. Unfortunately, the likelihood of getting complete answers to those questions before the UK exits the EU are slim. The offshore wind sector is showing signs of creating a sustainable industry and driving down costs to provide more value for money for UK plc. The technology is becoming increasingly competitive and we are likely to see offshore wind emerge as the clear winner from this round of auctions.feedback

David Gauke - Treasury

Jeremy Corbyn's policies are a shambles and he simply doesn't have what it takes to lead our country through Brexit and beyond. His economic ideas are nonsensical, his views on national security indefensible – and he'd make a total mess of the Brexit negotiations. And it's ordinary working people who will pay for the chaos of Corbyn. Jeremy Corbyn has made so many unfunded spending commitments it is clear that Labour would have to raise taxes dramatically because his sums don't add up.feedback

Stephen Gethins

Clearly, the 2013 advice was written long before Brexit and made clear that full EU membership was the best option for Scotland – that is still our position, and it is only fair that Scotland has a choice on its future once the terms of leaving the EU are clear. But with the prospect of a hard Brexit looming, the immediate priority should be our continued place in the single market, and the protection it affords in terms of jobs and investment.feedback

Theresa May

So as well as extra money going into the NHS we need to make sure we are spending is being spent as effectively as possible with an absolute focus on patient care. I didn't actually see any of them but I'm told it was in the realms of claims that weren't accurate. So it is a concern. But social media does bring huge benefits as well. I have never been fox hunting. If I am elected I will certainly serve my full term. I am pretty certain it (Brexit) can be done in those two years. A new parliament will take us through to 2022 which is three years beyond the 2019 and I will be round.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

For me, this is a question of, at the end of the Brexit process, does Scotland get a choice about our future. At the end of the Brexit process, I believe people in Scotland should have a choice over our future.feedback

Jim Farley

We are spending a lot of time thinking and talking about how we need to change our operations and what support we need from the government and other entities, not only in the UK, to make sure (trade) friction doesn't get created.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

What I am saying in this election is that we have an opportunity, by how we vote, to give those proposals democratic legitimacy. And, by voting for the SNP, to give me the ability to strengthen Scotland's hands in those [Brexit] negotiations, get a seat at the negotiating table and argue for Scotland's place in the single market. Because we as the Scottish government, the SNP, are not in charge of the Brexit process right now we don't know exactly what that is going to be like, how that is going to unfold.feedback

Gerry Walsh

Diplomats either side of the table have barely decided on their negotiating principles and already supply chain managers are deep into their preparations for Brexit. Both European and British businesses will be ready to reroute their supply chains in 2019 if trade negotiations fail and are not wasting time to see what happens. Fluctuations in the exchange rate or the introductions of new tariffs can dramatically change where British companies do business. The separation of the UK from Europe is already well underway even before formal negotiations have begun.feedback

Gerwyn Davies

The good news in this latest survey is that employment confidence remains positive, with sectors such as manufacturing and production proving particularly buoyant. The bad news is that there is a real risk that a significant proportion of UK workers will see a fall in their living standards as the year progresses, due to a slowdown in basic pay and expectations of inflation increases over the next few months. This could create higher levels of economic insecurity and could have serious implications for consumer spending, which has helped to support economic growth in recent months.feedback

Jyrki Katainen - European Commission

We need a pragmatic attitude. Let's put all negative attitudes aside because the negotiation will be – technically speaking, judicially speaking – very, very challenging. People have no idea how complicated this negotiation is. That's why we need a pragmatic mind and good solution. It will take some time because traditionally thinking, economically thinking, it's a very, very challenging task. Nevertheless, in the next two years we should have a divorce paper signed and a new arrangement placed between the EU and UK.feedback

Tim Bale

We are seeing a willingness to think of intervention that would have been seen as anathema by hard-core Thatcherites. Hers is maybe more the view that, economically, things have got a little out of kilter and that the vote for Brexit was a reflection of that.feedback

Theresa May

My view is that it should be a free vote for parliament so members of parliament individually should be able to exercise their view on this matter. During the Conservative Party leadership campaign, we started to see some pretty nasty videos being sent round about me. I didn't actually see any of them but I'm told it was in the realms of claims that weren't accurate. So it is a concern. But social media does bring huge benefits as well. If I am elected I will certainly serve my full term. I am pretty certain it (Brexit) can be done in those two years.feedback

Jackson Carlaw

She says she wants to decide how Brexit is designed for the whole of the UK - even though SNP Ministers want that deal to fail. At the same time, she also wants to impose an independence referendum campaign on Scotland to try and split the UK in two. It is a ridiculous position to take.feedback

Christophe Nobileau

We considered that the cost in the UK was too much [pre-Brexit]. A show that would cost say €1m an episode in France would cost maybe €1.3m to make in the UK. The change in the exchange rate we have seen is going to help shows made in the UK to be a little more affordable.feedback

Andy Briggs - Aviva UK

I can't see how the Government can come out of the Brexit negotiations with anything other than a significant shift in immigration, that was the core of people's concerns.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

I'm not going to put any figures on it, Theresa May has done that for, this is now the third General Election she's promised figures none of which she's come anywhere near to achieving. Clearly the free movement ends when we leave the European Union but there will be managed migration and it will be fair. There will be a strategic defence review as all governments have done when they come in to office which will look at all aspects of our defence strategy. I consider myself well paid for what I do and I am wanting to say to everyone who's well off, make your contribution to our society.feedback

David Davis

How on earth do you resolve the issue of the border with Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland unless you know what our general borders policy is, what the customs agreement is, what the free-trade agreement is, whether you need to charge tariffs at the border or not? You cannot decide one without the other, it is wholly illogical ... That will be the row of the summer.feedback

Vince Cable - Stansted Airport

Public sector workers are facing a double blow at the hands of this Conservative government, with years of pitiful increases to pay combined with a Brexit squeeze caused by soaring inflation. Our NHS and schools are already struggling to recruit the staff they need. Living standards are falling, prices are rising and nurses are going to food banks, but Theresa May doesn't care. A better future is available. We will stand up for our schools and hospitals and give hard-working nurses, teachers and police the pay rise they deserve.feedback

Philip Hammond

It is my belief that Britain, lying at the western end of the Belt and Road, is a natural partner in this endeavour. Britain has for centuries been one of the strongest advocates on an open global trading system. As we embark on a new chapter in our history, as we leave the European Union, we want to maintain a close and open trading partnership with our European neighbours, and at the same time pursue our ambition to secure free trade agreements around the world with new partners and old allies alike. Our ambition is for more trade, not less trade, and China clearly shares this ambition.feedback

Christopher Balding

People are missing that this is NOT free money: these are debts incurred by these countries owed to China.feedback

Nigel Farage

The one thing that I know is data, . Numbers do not lie. I'm going to follow the data.feedback

Andy Wigmore

We had a guy called Matthew Richardson who'd known Nigel for a long time and he's always looked after the Mercers. The Mercers had said that here's this company that we think might be useful. The best dinner we ever went to. Around that table were all the rejects of the political world. And the rejects of the political world are now effectively in the White House. It's extraordinary. Jeff Sessions. [Former national security adviser Michael] Flynn, the whole lot of them. They were all there.feedback

Steve Bannon

We shared a lot of information because what they were trying to do and what we were trying to do had massive parallels.feedback

Alexander Nix

Recently, Cambridge Analytica has teamed up with Leave.EU – the UK's largest group advocating for a British exit (or 'Brexit') from the European Union – to help them better understand and communicate with UK voters. We have already helped supercharge Leave.EU's social media campaign by ensuring the right messages are getting to the right voters online and the campaign's Facebook page is growing in support to the tune of about 3,000 people per day.feedback

Steve Baker - Federal Trade Commission

It is open to the Vote Leave family to create separate legal entities each of which could spend £700k: Vote Leave will be able to spend as much money as is necessary to win the referendum.feedback

Brittany Kaiser - Cambridge Analytica

Well, actually right now we are working on the Brexit campaign so we are working with all three of the main parties. […] It's a very exciting campaign because it has forced the British government to run their third ever national referendum.feedback

Arron Banks

Interesting, since we deployed this technology in leave.eu we got unprecedented levels of engagement. 1 video 13m views. AI won it for leave.feedback

Alan Clark - Scotiabank

The key influences this month are likely to be air fares, utility bills, continued foreign exchange pass-through and petrol prices. As ever, the joker in the pack is likely to be food and possibly also restaurants and hotels.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

If Scotland is independent, our position always has been, as long as I've been in the SNP and continues to be, that we want Scotland to be a full member of the European Union. We don't want to go into the Euro and no member of the EU can be forced into the Euro and Sweden is one of the examples of that. Now we have to set out, if we're in an independence referendum - and we're not in that right now - the process for regaining or retaining, depending on where we are in the Brexit process, EU membership. Now it may be that we have a phased approach to that by necessity.feedback

Jackson Carlaw

Now, in a cynical attempt to win back Leave voters who have deserted the SNP, she now refuses to say whether an independent Scotland would go back in. And her flirtation with Efta would leave us with all the obligations but no voice in decision-making. Nobody is going to be fooled by these political games. Everybody knows the only principle the SNP has is not to get the best deal on Brexit, but how to use Brexit to bolster their case for separation.feedback

Jeremy Hosking

We need all the Brexiteers on the same side. We can't do this Brexit thing with half the Brexiteers outside the tent. The thinking is, it would be strange if the Conservative Party was dusting off inveterate Remainers to fight these seats. The Conservative Party is more Brexit-orientated than it was a year ago. If we take back sovereignty, there might be some short-term economic pain, but I can't see how it can be a big mistake. I do understand the trade-off, but not in the long-run. In the long-run, countries are always attempting to promote trade between them, and that will happen to us.feedback

Philip Hammond

China and the UK have a long and rich trading history. Indeed, the English first attempted to find a trade route to China in the 16th century although it took us four decades to find one. I welcome the 'Belt and Road initiative' as an opportunity to strengthen these ties and I welcome the progress that has already been made. Our ambition is for more trade, not less trade, and China clearly shares this ambition.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

When it comes to contingency plans...we don't really have a plan as we are building new buildings in Enstone in the UK, we don't really have a plan to move that we are currently building somewhere else. We are still assuming that people will be reasonable and we trust the UK to protect their industry and motorsport is an important industry for the UK.feedback

Joanna Trollope

She's got a very hard task ahead of her with Brexit, but I don't think she's afraid and her aim is just to quietly get on with it. She doesn't do showy things on the whole, and I do rather admire her. I admire any dedicated, hard-working, soberly living grown-up who just gets on with the job.feedback

Emmanuel Rivière - TNS Sofres

To be honest, we were under pressure. The French journalists and politicians … they very frequently mentioned the failure of polls for Brexit and for Trump. We have a long track record with the demolition of the political system, which is quite different from the U.S., I think. These kinds of shifts, restructurings–we are used to them.feedback

Stewart Hosie

Brexit is a constitutional issue. It's only fair that Scotland gets a choice on its future once the terms of Brexit are clear - and that should be a decision for Scotland, not Westminster Tories.feedback

Mark Wallace

A lot of MPs will be keenly aware that they owe their seats to the prime minister. Just as important is to look at the profile of seats they appear to be targeting. A lot of them are constituencies that voted for Leave overall.feedback

Jeremy Hosking

For me, it is a long-running issue about sovereignty and the transfer of power. It wouldn't matter so much if the EU was constitutionalised properly, but one of the great things about being a democracy is we can boot the government out every five years, but we couldn't boot out the EU.feedback

Jeremy Hosking

We need the best team and you need the army fully equipped and as big as possible. That is why we end up in this position in Brexit Express of supporting Tory candidates. It is not because we love the Tory party.feedback

Tory Brexiter

There is no way to unpick Brexit that doesn't involve civil war. What would be the upside for the government? It is not a difficult choice.feedback

Jeremy Hosking

I think it is going to be a lot of hard work so we need the best team there, and we need all the Brexiteers there – particularly the Brexiteers in the Labour heartlands. I think that will do a lot for Brexit. The British voters, having delivered a clear answer to the question put to them on Europe, now deserve to see that decision delivered upon. That's the essence of direct democracy. We have seen that the institutions of the EU are determined to make life as difficult as possible for the UK and, indeed, have told us that 'Brexit cannot be a success.feedback

John O'Dowd

The arrogance of Theresa May is astounding, visiting the Balmoral show while her Tory cabinet is planning to impose Brexit on the north which will be disastrous for our farming and agrifood industries. Since taking office, Theresa May has visited the north once, taken one media question and then departed. Now that Ms May has ticked a box and visited the north one more time for the election, she will jet off home and continue to ignore the democratic wishes of the people here.feedback

Jessica Gorton

It's positive that you can show an interest in fashion and also be the most powerful woman in the country. She's by far and away the most capable candidate. She doesn't rant and rave or push her way to the front. She's waited her turn for the top job and got there on merit, rather than mouthing off. She's taken the helm of a sinking ship, post-Brexit, and has navigated it well, with likeability and trust. My female friends definitely like May where they haven't liked other Conservative leaders.feedback

Branwen Phillips

Her pragmatism around Brexit is what I admire most. We all have to do things we don't want to do [May was described as a 'reluctant Remainer'], and we can learn from her example. She's not a bulls****** and has always come across as authoritative, without being a backstabber. It's a high-pressure environment here, and her showing that she has plans for mental healthcare separately to NHS funding is encouraging as it's such a big issue that unites a lot of young people from different groups.feedback

Ian McEwan

A gang of angry old men, irritable even in victory, are shaping the future of the country against the inclinations of its youth. And a handful of billionaires lavishly funded the Brexit campaign for their own financial interests. But, by 2019 the country could be in a receptive mood: 2.5 million over-18-year-olds, freshly franchised and mostly remainers. And also 1.5 million oldsters, mostly Brexiters, freshly in their graves.feedback

Tony Blair

If the UK and the Republic were able to agree a way forward on the border, then we would have the best chance of limiting the damage. It is in the interests of us all, including our European partners, for this to happen. Some disruption is inevitable and indeed is already happening. However, it is essential that we do all we possibly can to preserve arrangements which have served both countries well and which command near universal support. A hard border between the countries would be a disaster and I am sure everyone will and must do all they can to avoid it.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

It's the British who will lose the most. The British are making a serious mistake over the long term.feedback

Davide Serra

Everyone is preparing for the worst. You will see the emergence of Frankfurt, Paris, Dublin, Luxembourg, Madrid. To the world, London now matters more than New York. In 10 years' time, New York will matter more.feedback

Jerome Kemp

There's about 10 questions that immediately come to mind as to whether we could execute that trade in London after Brexit.feedback

Paul Hamill - Citadel Investment Group

Dublin is an obvious hedge to a situation where you may be looking for another location for certain businesses.feedback

Tony Blair

As one of the architects of the Good Friday Agreement which brought into being the peace process in Northern Ireland, I'm extremely anxious to ensure that Brexit does not impair that agreement. Whatever disagreements I have with the British Government more generally over Brexit. There is a real consensus across the British political system that we must do everything we possibly can to keep the present situation between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland as similar to what we have at the moment as we possibly can, and do all we can to minimize any potential disruption.feedback

Sherry Madera

What's become really clear to me is the UK is talking about Brexit, and Asia is talking about business. That's the piece that we really need to make sure that we're bridging.feedback

Paul Drechsler

Everybody knows that business abhors uncertainty. And it doesn't matter how keen Scottish businesses are to thrive, at the moment there's more than enough uncertainty to go round. That's why we at the CBI think that the current priority should be clarity on what a future UK-EU deal could look like, and ensuring the needs of Scotland are included. Rather than constitutional issues. And all the while taking Scotland, and the other devolved nations, with them. These three quick wins could get negotiations off to a cracking start…and help give business the certainty it needs to hire and invest.feedback

Paul Drechsler

Government tax receipts from the offshore oil and gas industry fell from £11billion net in 2013 to £35million last year, that's a fall of over 99 per cent. And as for the sector itself, it's been decimated. The North Sea oil industry haemorrhaged 150 jobs per day in 2015/16. Bibby's own operation cut around 30 per cent of its onshore headcount.feedback

Stewart Hosie

Brexit is a constitutional issue, and the Tories have ignored the calls of Scottish businesses and the CBI to guarantee the rights of EU nationals and scrap the damaging net migration target because the Tory priority is winning Ukip votes whatever the cost to the Scottish economy.feedback

Paul Nuttall

Where branches have campaigned with candidates or MPs on Vote Leave platforms... they would have taken a decision to stand down to ensure we get as many Brexit MPs into the House of Commons. I think it is a very noble thing to do, to put country above party. I am confident that our poll ratings will go up as the campaign progresses but there are a huge bank of people in the North, in the Midlands and in working class communities in the South who will never ever vote Conservative. Period.feedback

Peter Ludlow

It is a lopsided affair, in which the British hold few cards. Not surprisingly, therefore, there are those in London, but also in Brussels, who regard Mrs May's stance as calculated - that she is planning for a breakdown, because any agreement on European Council terms would be indefensible in British politics. Breakdown might, for her, be the easy way out.feedback

Samuel Tombs - Capital Economics

The risks to the Monetary Policy Committee's growth projections, therefore, lie overwhelmingly to the downside, given the real possibility that Brexit negotiations turn acrimonious.feedback

Michel Barnier

If we put things in the right order, if we negotiate with mutual respect, without any kind of aggressivity ... if we are open to finding solutions, there is no reason why a strong Europe cannot maintain a strong relationship with the UK. I want to reassure the Irish people: in this negotiation Ireland's interest will be the union's interest. We are in this negotiation together and a united EU will be here for you. We first must make sufficient progress on these points before we start discussing the future of our relationship with the UK. The sooner this will happen, the better.feedback

Mark Carney - Bank of England

So this is going to be a more challenging time for British households over the course of this year, real income growth – to use our terminology – will be negative. To use theirs [layman's] wages won't keep up with prices for the goods and services they consume. For some time, the responses of financial markets and households to the UK's decision to leave the EU have diverged.feedback

Mark Carney - Bank of England

This is going to be a more challenging time for households. Wages won't keep up with prices for goods and services they consume. We would have had to do an alternative forecast with some variant of a disorderly negotiating process, and we have not done that.feedback

David Cameron

This is one of the most defining elections I can remember where it's so important that the Conservatives win and win well, so Theresa can negotiate that Brexit deal and stand up to people who want an extreme Brexit, either here or in Brussels. I'm happy to back the Conservative manifesto and Conservative candidates and people here like Ed Timpson here in Crewe and Nantwich who do a brilliant job.feedback

Michel Barnier

I regret that Brexit is happening now but we are where we are. Brexit will come at a cost also to us, the 27. I am fully aware that some Member States will be more affected than others. I want to reassure the Irish people, in this negotiation Ireland's interest will be the Union's interest. We are in this negotiation together and a united EU will be here for you. Brexit changes the external borders of the EU. I will work with you to avoid a hard border.feedback

Mark Carney - Bank of England

As has been the case since our August forecast, we have assumed that the process of leaving the European Union would be a smooth one. That means there will be an agreement about future trading arrangements and there will be a transition, or an implementation period, from the negotiation to that new agreement.feedback

Harald Krueger - BMW

We hope for pragmatism from all parties in the Brexit negotiations. That means no new barriers to trade. Free movement for skilled workers. Here, we are planning in terms of scenarios. You know that we make Mini models at VDL Nedcar in the Netherlands. We're flexible.feedback

John Curtice

In particular it has disrupted Labour ever since the referendum, and it has historically disrupted the Conservatives. If the polls putting the Conservatives on as much as 48 percent are right, then there's nothing anyone can do about it. Even if everybody voted tactically, May's lead would be unassailable. If the lead narrows, we would begin to see that tactical voting could make quite a difference. If the lead is below 10 percentage points then it starts to affect the outcome.feedback

Chris Prosser

A lot of very unusual circumstances make this election quite hard to understand, but not impossible to predict. Some things don't change, for example the perception of party leaders and whether they are competent.feedback

Robert Letham

For the first time I can remember, I really don't know who I'm going to vote for. I think a lot of people here will feel the same.feedback

Tony Blair

The absolutely central question at this general election is less who is the prime minister on June 9 and more what is the nature of the mandate … because otherwise frankly this is a steamroller election.feedback

Somia Elmartaoui

We need Labour to protect our NHS and our public services from cuts.feedback

Chris Prosser

The current state of British politics is very volatile. We've seen tactical voting before, where people have chosen the party most likely to defeat an unpopular government, but this is the first time we have seen such widespread cross-party tactical campaigning. Elections in Britain are getting more unpredictable, voters are changing their preference between elections more than ever. Data going back decades tracking people between elections shows switching between parties is going up and up with every election so there's more volatility – and more surprises.feedback

John Curtice

If May ends up with a majority of only 20-30 [seats in the House of Commons – compared to her current 17] then her whole project has failed.feedback

George Turner

The referendum was a straight in-out choice, nobody was asked what kind of country we would like to live in if we left the EU. Parliament will vote on the terms of Brexit so it's important that Vauxhall is represented by someone who shares their views.feedback

Somia Elmartaoui

I will still be voting for Kate Hoey despite her nonsense on Brexit.feedback

Trevor Byrne

I haven't voted for her before and I won't now, but I hear she's been a good representative.feedback

Mary Nolan - Vauxhall

Now everyone wants an Irish passport so they can stay in the EU but there's a backlog of applications. It is harder for young people, I think.feedback

Jim Farley

For Ford, it's not only important for the UK's agreement with the 27 (remaining EU) countries but equally important are countries like Turkey and South Africa which hasn't really been talked about. There should be a transition period. That transition period is really critical for the future of our investments in the UK.feedback

Vince Cable - Stansted Airport

The atmosphere amongst supporters is a bit like 1997, it's real enthusiasm. How far that translates into seats I don't know. It's Brexit that's changed my mind. I'm a bit of remainiac, I'm still in shock.feedback

Tim Farron

I thought in 2010 we had no choice, actually. I wasn't an enthusiast, [but] I thought there was a national emergency, a risk of financial meltdown. Certainly now, there is no appetite. The difference with Theresa May and her approach to Brexit, the extreme Ukip-style Brexit, is so profound there is no way we could possibly work with her.feedback

Jane Golding

There is consternation, and anger, at the failure by the government to honour its 2015 general election manifesto pledge to introduce votes for life.feedback

David Hole

You regularly see the 3 million EU citizens in the UK and 1.2 million UK citizens in the EU in the same sentence as if they are in mirror positions. They are not. UK citizens will lose all their rights, EU citizens do not. We are in a far worse position.feedback

Bernadette Faulkner

I, as a UK citizen, lose my European citizen rights in 27 countries, other EU nationals lose their rights in one country the UK. Hardly a good deal for the UK and certainly not democratic or fair to those UK nationals who live in other parts of the EU.feedback

David Hole

EU citizens won't lose their rights, they simply won't be able to use them while they live in the UK.feedback

Zawar Saleemi

In the post-Brexit world, I won't have the ability to move around. I may even have to stay with one employer if I want to stay in Munich.feedback

Guy Verhofstadt

We will never give consent if the issues of citizens' rights, on both sides, has not been dealt with in a satisfactory way. What we could do is to envisage and to offer as part of the future agreement, a possibility for UK citizens who have lost their citizenship … certain advantages, privileges, treatment.feedback

Leona Bashow

Initially it was to see if this could be prevented, but now it is more to get a good deal when we leave.feedback

Claude Moraes

We would have preferred them to be here at any level. There is a genuine question mark about the approach the British government are taking … It is playing a Brexit election and that makes people nervous.feedback

Patrick McLoughlin

Gordon Brown was absolutely right when he said Jeremy Corbyn can't provide the leadership our country needs, that he would put our economy at risk and cozy up to our enemies. We'd all pay the price with higher taxes, fewer jobs and more waste and debt. Only a vote for Theresa May on 8 June can provide the strong and stable leadership we need to see us through Brexit and beyond – and build on the progress we have made with a record high employment rate, a new National Living Wage, and more money than ever for the NHS.feedback

Ilya Spivak - Ig Group

The priced-in policy outlook has firmed up a bit in recent weeks. The data outcomes have stabilized somewhat ... but the BOE is no more optimistic. They have said time and again that they are reluctant to take the data at face value because of Brexit-related worries.feedback

Theresa May

Every single vote for me and Conservative candidates will be a vote that strengthens my hand in the negotiations for Brexit.feedback