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Jeremy Corbyn
Every vote for him is a vote for a chaotic Brexit. Every vote for him is a vote for a coalition of chaos – a weak leader propped up by the Liberal Democrats and the Scottish Nationalists.feedback
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NEW Apr 26 2017
“And yet we have a Westminster government with one MP in Scotland thinking it's got the right to lay down the law. I suspect history will look back on today and see it as the day the fate of the union was sealed.” said Nicola Sturgeon speaking about Brexit. It’s one of the 771 quotes about Brexit you can find on this page. 446 people have said something about this topic. Among them: Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn and Donald Tusk. Browse the quotes by date and by name to find those that are relevant to you.
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David Davis

We should be under no illusions about the scale of the task ahead of us. Compromises will be necessary on both sides.feedback

David Cameron

Obviously I regret the personal consequences for me. I loved being prime minister. I thought I was doing a reasonable job. But I think it was the right thing. The lack of a referendum was poisoning British politics and so I put that right. And that was to me the biggest problem with President Trump's travel ban. It would be seen, could be seen, as labelling whole countries as extreme and dangerous because they were predominantly Islamic. It's not a clash between civilisations that we face. That is what the extremists want us to think. This is, if you like, a war within Islam.feedback

Colin Yeo

The Home Office has made a rod for its own back by refusing to guarantee EU citizen rights, telling everyone to prepare for a 'no deal' scenario and enforcing use of a complex application form requiring reams of paperwork to be submitted. Unsurprisingly, officials now find they are overwhelmed with work. Telling EU citizens to sign up for an email alert rather than applying for proof of residence is just not credible at this point.feedback

Robert Goodwill

It has not been the UK insisting there be no negotiation before notification. The substance of the letter I received from the UK authorities can only be described as rubbish. Their description of the application procedure is a complete fantasy and we have all the mails to prove it. UK ministers seem to be living in a parallel universe to those who are actually applying for residence and attempting to exercise their fundamental rights. The anxiety of millions of EU citizens does not appear to be very high on the priority list of Mrs May.feedback

Gina Miller

This is the most important election for a generation. It's crucial that people feel inspired to register and vote. It is especially important for young people to vote as they will be living with the consequences of the decisions taken in the next parliament for their entire lives.feedback

Eloise Todd

It's not about being 'in' or 'out' [of Europe]. It's not about that binary choice. It's that the next government needs to connect with the people and do what's best for the country. It's not about forcing candidates to commit now to a deal that a) doesn't exist yet b) negotiations haven't even started and c) we don't even know who the chief players are going to be in the negotiations.feedback

Rafael Behr

Two votes in two years and still no clarity from the Tories on what leaving the EU involves – that doesn’t feel like an accident. If you haven’t yet heard a Conservative politician mention “strong and stable leadership”, you soon will. If you are already sick of hearing that formula, you are not its intended audience. General election campaigns are not designed to stimulate people who have followed politics closely since last time the country went to the polls.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

In Europe, things have become very serious in terms of the extent of Islamophobia. The EU is closing its doors on Turkey and Turkey is not closing its doors on anybody. If they are not acting sincerely we have to find a way out. Why should we wait any longer? We are talking about 54 years. The UK asked her people and they voted for Brexit ... They have peace of mind, they are walking towards a new future, and the same thing was conducted by Norway ... and the same thing can be applied for Turkey too. I am very curious as to how the EU is going to act vis-a-vis this last (PACE) resolution.feedback

Peter Mandelson

Britain is not one of those countries that doesn't pay its bills, for good reason not least the impact it would have on the markets and market confidence in our future debt-raising.feedback

Charles Grant

Some top officials suggest that they will not compromise on the €60 billion, But if the British are willing to compromise on the money, they will find the 27 willing to start talks on an FTA. They will also convince the rest of the EU that they are serious about reaching a mutually-beneficial deal, and that will help to create the goodwill that the UK requires in order to achieve generous access to the European market.feedback

Theresa May

An election in which every single vote will count. A really important election for the future of this country. A vote for any other party would be a vote for a weak and failing Jeremy Corbyn propped up by a coalition of chaos which would risk our national future. Make no mistake, it could happen. Remember the opinion polls were wrong in the 2015 general election, they were wrong in the referendum last year. Jeremy Corbyn himself has said he was a 200-1 outsider for the Labour leadership in 2015 and look where that one went. So we must not be complacent and I'm not complacent.feedback

Theresa May

We want to get votes and support here in Wales because that would strengthen my hand in the Brexit negotiations.feedback

Keir Starmer

We accept that immigration rules are going to have to change when we leave the EU. But we don't accept that immigration should be the only overarching priority, the only red line. Nor do we believe that leaving the EU means that we have to sever all of our ties with Europe. We have a very different vision.feedback

Dominic Grieve

If they're going to launch such a campaign I don't wish to be associated with it in any shape or form. They've been a perfectly respectable organization, promoting a vision of the future of the United Kingdom which I broadly share. They have no business being a campaigning organization as a third party in a general election.feedback

Keir Starmer

I am not prepared now for the Labour Party not to accept the result. The Labour party cannot spend all its time trying to rub out yesterday and not accept the result. We accept it, we respect it. We recognise that immigration rules will have to change as we exit the EU, but we do not believe that immigration should be the overarching priority. We do not believe that leaving the EU means severing our ties with Europe. We do not believe that Brexit means weakening workers' rights and environmental protections or slashing corporate tax rates.feedback

Jim Reid - Deutsche Bank

It would take a numerical shock perhaps 5-10 times larger than Brexit or Trump for Le Pen to win. The pre-first round polls have been relatively accurate, so Macron should rightly be red hot favourite now.feedback

Hussein Sayed

Investors who lost confidence in pollsters after they failed to predict the outcomes of the U.S. elections and Brexit vote are viewing them as credible sources of information again.feedback

Teeuwe Mevissen - Rabobank

Markets won't forget what happened with Brexit and Trump. They are still casting a shadow and will stick in peoples' minds. It's a case by case situation and very dependent on how polls are performed and how accepted populist parties are. But markets see less tail risk.feedback

Keir Starmer

NHS staff have been taken for granted for too long by the Conservatives. Cuts to pay and training mean hardworking staff are being forced from NHS professions and young people are being put off before they have even started. Now Brexit threatens the ability of health employers to recruit from overseas.feedback

David Mundell

If the SNP loses seats, loses votes and loses vote share, that's not an endorsement for her position on independence. That's what she will be judged by. What I would hope is that Nicola Sturgeon would take a step back and actually listen to the people of Scotland, remove the threat of a divisive referendum and throw her lot in with the Prime Minister to work to get the best possible deal on Brexit. She needs to wake up and smell the coffee.feedback

Sam Glover

The former prime minister’s idea of putting Brexit at the centre of the party’s election campaign is wrongheaded, insulting and dangerous. In an article for the Guardian, Tony Blair makes the case that the strategy of opposing “Brexit at any cost” would help rather than hinder Labour. He goes as far as to say that even in constituencies that voted heavily leave, Labour MPs should campaign to remain. The party is already in crisis among leave voters – polling in February suggested that only 45% of leave voters who voted Labour in 2015 still back the party. The equivalent figure with remain voters is 15 points higher. Blair’s article, masquerading as a coherent strategy for a Labour victory, is really a blueprint to keep us in the single market, party be damned.feedback

Andreas Treichl - Erste Group Bank

It's great what you do, just finish it. I don't care any more how you finish it. I will accept whatever you decide, but get it done and don't change it for the next 10 years please. Please reflect on what you have done. It's very, very difficult for us to be helpful to create prosperity, and part of the reason is ourselves, and part of the reason is you, the politicians, and part of the reason is the regulators. Who do you think will finance start-ups? The capital market is not there, the private investors are not there, and banks increasingly face difficulties in doing it.feedback

Alison Brittain - Costa

What is really encouraging is that people are starting to talk about solutions and options. There is going to be some constraint on the pound in the average consumer pocket.feedback

James McGrory

Open Britain has over half a million supporters and lots of them have asked what's the best thing they can do in the election.feedback

Owen Jones

The party will ensure that workers, consumers and the environment are protected. There will be no blank cheque for a reckless Tory Brexit. Labour will rip up Theresa May’s Brexit plan but respect the referendum result. The benefits of the single market and the customs union will be on the table. EU nationals will be protected from day one. Human beings won’t be bargaining chips. The great repeal bill will be scrapped; Labour will introduce a EU rights and protections bill instead. All workers’, consumers’ and environmental rights will be protected. Much of the country craves unity: Labour will offer it. A “Brexit that brings people together,” not a “reckless Tory Brexit”. MPs will get a final say. If they reject the deal, Labour will return to the negotiating table.feedback

David Blanchflower

Support for Brexit is likely to be driven by how the economy performs and whether living standards hold up and they aren't. I am hoping for some good economic news next month. I didn't see much of any this month.feedback

George Osborne

Whoever is Chancellor after the election will need to employ robust fiscal measures to tackle the massive level of public indebtedness we currently see today. While Brexit may dominate the pre-election narrative, it is equally important that all party manifestos tackle structural problems that plague the UK's economy – including the longstanding problems of Government spending more that it earns and a lack of incentives to drive economic growth.feedback

Shami Chakrabarti

Theresa May's attitude to human rights veers from the ambivalent to the positively hostile. Ducking and diving over Brexit is bad enough but Churchill's legacy of the European convention on human rights, and the rights it gives everyone in this country and beyond, is now more important than ever.feedback

Aditya Chakrabortty

Our prime minister is turning this election into a culture war, using the language of the hard right to define the very identity of Britain – and create a one-party UK. Elections come with their own rituals. The big night demands Dimblevision and swingometers and some low-budget jape that presumably sounded good in production meetings. But one thing 8 June won’t be is normal. There is no point in journalists reporting this as a horse race, when all the polls predict a bloodbath. It is futile for specialists to pick apart policy promises made in spring 2017 when the next few years’ haggling over Brexit will upend everything from the safeguards on the food we eat to our relations with other countries.feedback

David Lomas

UK universities are the envy of the world; to retain and build upon this status, we need to be able to continue to recruit and support the most talented staff and students, irrespective of country of origin.feedback

David Lomas

In order to service that kind of excellence, we need people from all over the world. We would like access to the EU funds and the very best people. Post-Brexit, there will be an international market and there will be a flight to quality.feedback

Alistair Jarvis

The Government should seek to secure continued close collaboration with EU research partners and also provide certainty for EU staff currently working in UK universities in terms of work and residency rights. Changes to our immigration system are also needed to ensure that the UK remains a destination of choice for international talent and students. As large and complex organisations, universities plan for years down the line, so it important that we receive clarity of the Government's positions on these crucial issues as soon as possible.feedback

Neil Carmichael

Higher education in the UK is a world leader but Brexit risks damaging our international competitiveness and the long-term success of our universities. The Government must act urgently to address the uncertainty over EU staff and avert the risk of a damaging 'brain drain' of talent from our shores. As we leave the EU we now have the opportunity to reform our immigration system to ensure we reap the full rewards of the ability of our universities to attract the brightest and best.feedback

Sally Hunt

As well as removing international students from net migration figures, government must guarantee the rights of EU citizens currently working in the UK. Along with international students, overseas staff make a huge contribution to UK society and I call on the Government to end their uncertainty or risk damaging the UK's ability to attract staff and students from around the world.feedback

Iain Duncan Smith

The truth is that Labour is running scared that the Liberal Democrats will steal their votes. It is clear and obvious that they are in the worse of all worlds - they are in effect opposing Brexit and raising the prospect of a second referendum but haven't got the guts to say so.feedback

Keir Starmer

We will work with trade unions, businesses and stakeholders to ensure there is a consensus on this vital issue. A Labour approach to Brexit will ensure there can be no rolling back of key rights and protections. A Labour Government will set out a new Brexit strategy. We will scrap the Government's Brexit White Paper and replace it with fresh negotiating priorities that reflect Labour values and our six tests. The White Paper will have a strong emphasis on retaining the benefits of the Single Market and the Customs Union as Labour know that is vital to protecting jobs and the economy.feedback

Keir Starmer

And we will approach negotiations in a completely different way to a Tory Brexit: negotiating for the many, not the few. It is shameful that the Prime Minister rejected repeated attempts by Labour to resolve this before Article 50 was triggered. As a result three million EU nationals have suffered unnecessary uncertainty, as well as the 1.2 million UK citizens living in the EU.feedback

John Minor - Aon

The shine of globalization has come off. Maybe there will be less trade and less benefits coming from trade to many of the emerging markets.feedback

Tamara Sender

In the short-term, the luxury market in the U.K. was boosted by the sharp depreciation of the currency following the Brexit vote, but this situation is unlikely to last as global designer brands adjust their prices to avoid large disparities in pricing across different countries, which can affect perceptions of their brand.feedback

Steve Krouskos

Geopolitical and policy uncertainty is a permanent feature of the boardroom, but technology-enabled disruption poses a greater challenge to many business models. The exponential pace of disruption and transformation is compelling executives to engage in M&A. Companies need to innovate to follow rapidly changing customer preferences and buying assets can be the fastest way to radically reshape their business for future growth.feedback

Wyndham Lewis-Baxter

I voted Brexit myself, everyone who I knew who had dealings with her said she followed up quickly. We've had a lot of issues with the refurbishment of the flats, boilers not working and so on, and she's been there to help people.feedback

George Turner

We are going to have to fight very hard to take this seat. As far as I'm concerned, there is no Labour candidate in this election. If you are a Labour party member and you want a progressive candidate, I hope I manage to convince people it should be me. I don't see how in good conscience you can support progressive politics and the EU and vote for Kate Hoey; it just doesn't work.feedback

Sally Warren

I've voted Labour all my life, every election. It pains me to say it but she is a good constituency MP; I liked how she is a bit of a maverick. But the Europe issue is a betrayal too far and now I'm campaigning to get her out. I've never done anything like this before.feedback

Emily Wallace - Vauxhall

We are getting a lot of negative feedback from our large LGBT community about Tim Farron's position on gay rights which many find offensive.feedback

Emily Wallace - Vauxhall

A lot of former Lib Dem voters, whatever their view on Brexit, haven't forgotten Nick Clegg's role in the coalition.feedback

Nia Griffith

We are a team, we are a party, we are working as a party. And this is not a presidential election. This is an election about who is in government and this is an election between political parties.feedback

Nia Griffith

I think it is very important that we are absolutely clear that we are prepared to use it and I'm certainly prepared to use it.feedback

Bruno Jeanbart - Opinionway

We've had to work with this phenomenon of the anti-establishment, protest vote since the mid-1980s. In Britain and America it's more recent, which maybe made Brexit and Trump that bit harder to predict.feedback

Tony Blair

Yet if this is seen as a narrow Labour point, it will be much less persuasive. Hence the absolute necessity, in the Labour interest, of rallying people to a more reasonable and open position on Brexit across the party divide.feedback

Stephen Dorrell

This election is about something much bigger than party politics – it is about our future relationship with the rest of Europe. Pro-Europeans need to stand up and be counted between now and 8 June. The supporters of our organisations want to be know where they can make a difference in this campaign and we are providing the tools for them to be able to. Yet if this is seen as a narrow Labour point, it will be much less persuasive. Hence the absolute necessity, in the Labour interest, of rallying people to a more reasonable and open position on Brexit across the party divide.feedback

James McGrory

This is what we're telling them – one of the best ways they can help is by campaigning against those who favour Brexit at any cost.feedback

Tony Blair

Labour’s only chance lies in convincing voters that it will hold the government to account on any deal with the EU. There is a unique element to this election as a result of Brexit. The Tories believe this is to their advantage. But it could be turned against them.feedback

Andrew Gwynne

Yes, it's Labour Party policy. We are committed to renewing the Trident system.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

I am attached to a strict approach to Brexit: I respect the British vote but the worst thing would be a sort of weak EU vis-a-vis the British. I don't want a tailormade approach where the British have the best of two worlds. That will be too big an incentive for others to leave and kill the European idea, which is based on shared responsibilities. The best trade agreement for Britain ... is called membership of the EU.feedback

Steve Krouskos

Executives recognize that staying on the deal sidelines could mean they are sidelined from securing future-proofing assets. For many companies, cross-border deals are a necessity – successful companies will find ways to navigate challenges such as rising nationalism. Executives are evaluating a wide range of M&A geographies to secure market access and grow customer base.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

The four nations that make up our great country have rarely been more divided due to the damaging and divisive policies of this Conservative government.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

What this election needs is a new dimension where we put would be candidates and MPs under pressure to say are you going to back Brexit at any cost? This is something that is bigger than party allegiance in this particular election.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

The central question of this election is less to do with who is Prime Minister and more to do with what is the nature of the mandate. In particular, because otherwise frankly this is a steamroller election, is it possible we can return as many members of Parliament as possible that are going to keep an open mind on this Brexit negotiation until they see the final terms.feedback

Tony Blair

What I'm advocating may mean that, it may mean Labour, it may mean people vote Tory. In every constituency if you care about this issue we are going to provide a sufficient amount of pressure that candidates are forced to say where they stand on this issue. I feel we are just allowing ourselves to be hijacked by what is actually a small group of people. Theresa May is very, solid, she's a decent person. I agree with a lot of what she says. But on this issue she is not reasonable. [Do you fancy going back into politics?] I've been over 30 years in politics. I've never known polls like this.feedback

Elodie Domenge

I think it's a turning point for France, given what is going on with Brexit, and what is going on with Trump. This motivated me to come here today to vote.feedback

Sonia Delesalle-Stolper

Emmanuel Macron’s victory in the first round is a huge relief, because Le Pen’s chances of beating him are slim. But politics in France will never be the same. Emmanuel Macron will be almost certainly be the next French president. And the relief is immense. The much anticipated domino effect following the Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s election has not, so far, materialised. And the European project has won – at least for now. At Macron’s headquarters in Paris, a euphoric crowd was waving French flags, as well as many European ones. “C’est magnifique!”, his supporters kept saying. Being in the second round is a huge achievement, being the frontrunner even more so.feedback

Philip Hammond

The path for the budget balance has been revised going forward and it has been revised to make room for what the UK treasury calls high quality investment. The idea is to improve the growth potential of the UK economy, and to make it more resilient in the context of Brexit.feedback

Tony Blair

I look at the political scene at the moment and I almost feel motivated to go right back into it. The absolutely central question at this general election is less who is the prime minister on 9 June, and more what is the nature of the mandate, and in particular – because otherwise frankly this is a steamroller election – is it possible that we can return as many members of parliament as possible to parliament that are going to keep an open mind on this Brexit negotiation until we see the final terms.feedback

Tony Blair

What I'm advocating may mean that. It may mean voting Labour. It may mean, by the way, that they vote Tory, for candidates who are prepared to give this commitment. Will you back Brexit at any costs, or are you prepared to say, this deal is not in the interests of the country? You look at her and she's very sensible, she's a very decent person, she's very solid, I agree with a lot she says. What she says about energy prices today, a lot of people would say, yes, fair enough. On this issue, she's not reasonable.feedback

Tony Blair

I will vote Labour, I would always vote Labour, and there are many excellent Labour candidates throughout the country. But that's not the point for me. The point for me is, whether I'm Labour or I'm not Labour, even if there's Conservatives or Liberal Democrats, I'll work with anyone to get this argument across in the country.feedback

Derek Mackay

The SNP will give Scotland a strong voice against austerity, blind pursuit of a rock-hard Brexit and a complete disregard for Scotland's interests. The more Tory MPs there are in Scotland, the heavier the price we will all pay, with pensioners now in the Tories' sights. The Tories think they can do what they want to Scotland and get away with it. We won't let them.feedback

Aaron Banks

Not a single penny of Russian money has been put into Brexit. It's not possible to run that entire country [Russia] as a pure democracy. I don't give a monkey's about the Electoral Commission.feedback

Patrick McLoughlin

Ukip is not going to be a serious player in the next General Election. The person who is going to deliver Brexit if it's going to be delivered is Theresa May.feedback

Paul Nuttall

We were going to launch the whole post-Brexit Ukip rebrand at autumn party conference after a consultation in the summer.feedback

Andrew Goodwin - Oxford Economics

Financial markets have reacted positively to the news, effectively betting that it will remove some of the impediments to a Brexit deal with the EU and, thus, result in a better economic outcome than might otherwise be the case. Our call that sterling will appreciate to $1.32 by the end of 2017 and $1.35 by end-2018 may turn out to be too conservative.feedback

Johnny Heald

As the campaign starts, Jeremy Corbyn has a significant challenge ahead if he is to convince people that he in the right man to take care of the economy, handle immigration, deliver a Brexit deal that is good for the UK and manage our defence. Almost one in two adults report to be 'not at all confident' in his ability to deal with these issues.feedback

Iain Conn - Centrica

Re-regulating free markets will be watched closely in other sectors at a time we are preparing for Brexit. Price regulation will result in reduced competition and choice, stifle innovation and potentially impact customer service. This will negatively impact consumers.feedback

Norman Pickavance

There are more and more zero-hours-type contracts and self employment. A year on from the demise of BHS, most retailers are continuing down that route of flexibility but there is a risk to them from Brexit. They have only been able to use these methods because of the abundance of labour and might have to rethink.feedback

James Shields

The election of either Le Pen or Melenchon would put Paris on a fast-track collision course with (EU officials in) Brussels). The election of Marine Le Pen would make Brexit look trivial by comparison.feedback

Tim Farron

We had to be prepared for it [recovery] to take a long time. It is a great opportunity, to give Britain the chance to change its future. What's not to like? What's not to be excited about?feedback

Tim Farron

Did you get your credit card back, Tim? Yeah, great, thanks, got it, . The polling, the canvassing that we have been doing, puts us ahead of where we were at this stage at the Richmond Park byelection [which the Lib Dems took in dramatic circumstances from the Tories last December]. So I think if I was a betting man, I'd say our candidate Jackie Pearcey would have been an MP on 4 May. I think she'll now have to wait until 8 June. We've got these seats that were not seriously on our radar and now they are.feedback

Tim Farron

There is no way we can countenance any kind of arrangement or coalition with the Conservative party and likewise with the Labour party led by Jeremy Corbyn. He [Corbyn] accepted hard Brexit, he voted for it. He enabled it. It has put us in the situation we are now in.feedback

David Blunkett

This election is not about Jeremy Corbyn or those around him, and it is not about Brexit. The truth is that we are fighting to maintain a functioning democracy in which all the levers of power do not rest in the hands of those commanding wealth and privilege. We have an obligation to ensure that Labour candidates succeed, and to avoid the accusation after the election that somehow the modernisers and those disparaged as 'Blairites' were responsible for anything short of victory.feedback

Guy Verhofstadt

Many in Brussels remain concerned that the chances of a deal are being eroded by the British prime minister's tough negotiating red lines and her lack of political room for manoeuvre domestically, yet there is no guarantee that a sprinkling of additional Conservative MPs on the backbenches of the House of Commons will provide this. As with the Brexit referendum, which many European leaders saw as a Tory cat-fight that got out of control, I have little doubt many on the continent see this election as once again motivated by the internal machinations of the Tory party.feedback

Keir Starmer

Guy Verhofstadt asks, what is the purpose of this general election'? The answer is simple. The prime minister is attempting to crush all challenge to her hard Tory Brexit approach at home and to negotiate by threat and demand abroad. As Guy Verhofstadt rightly points out, far from helping negotiations with the EU, the prime minister's stance is eroding the chances of achieving the best deal for Britain.feedback

Guy Verhofstadt

The BBC video of Brenda from Bristol, so openly decrying another political campaign, was viewed far beyond the white cliffs of Dover. Indeed, it appears this election is being driven by the political opportunism of the party in government, rather than by the people they represent. I expect this will be approved by EU leaders as soon as June, if not before. Contrary to the obscure claims by UK government officials, the EU's 'crown jewels' of the European Banking Authority and the European Medicines Agency will not remain in a post-Brexit Britain, paid for by EU countries.feedback

Vince Cable - Stansted Airport

Philip Hammond admitted yesterday that taxes would have to rise, no doubt due to Theresa May's hard Brexit that could leave anything up to a £100 billion Brexit black hole in the public finances. Theresa May should come clean on how she intends to fill the Brexit black hole if she won't increase taxes.feedback

Theresa May

Every vote that is cast for me and the Conservatives will strengthen my hand in the negotiations with the presidents, prime ministers and chancellors of Europe. We've already seen the other parties lining up to prop up Corbyn, we've seen it from the Liberal Democrats, we've seen it from Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP. Brexit isn't just a process, it's an opportunity … to make sure this really is a country that works for everyone and not just the privileged few. But to do that we do need the certainty that this election will bring over the next five years.feedback

Paul Christopher

It's that unknown and then the very important fact that there's populism. We wanted to close our eyes and pretend it's going to go away. For it to continue from Brexit, to the U.S. and back to France again, it's a sign that Western democracies have a big problem – inequality in income and noninclusive economic growth. You have to sort out the uncertainty. If one of the extremists is going to be president, what is the national assembly going to be like?feedback

Laith Khalaf - Hargreaves Lansdown

The taxpayer has finally recouped all the money ploughed into Lloyds during the final crisis, though it's taken almost a decade, much longer than expected. The remaining stake can now be sold off as pure profit for the government, and when Lloyds finally returns in its entirety to private hands, it will become a normal bank once again. Of the UK banks, Lloyds has cleaned up its act fastest since the financial crisis. The share price was badly hit by Brexit, but Lloyds has recovered much of its poise since, thanks to some decent numbers from the bank itself and from the wider economy.feedback

Andrew Sentance - PricewaterhouseCoopers

It is not surprising to see consumers reining in their spending. Inflation has caught up with pay growth, so real incomes of workers are no longer rising. Employment growth has also slowed sharply over the past six months, even though unemployment remains historically low. The recent period of strong consumer spending growth also relied on households running down their saving and increasing borrowing. That pattern of behaviour is not sustainable in the longer term and at some point consumers will start to rein in borrowing and rebuild their savings.feedback

Wolfgang Schäuble

I'm quite optimistic and I think the French people will take a reasonable decision. That means a decision that allows, so the euro can survive. I think it's not the matter of the euro. I think it's a lot of problems. I think some problems are similar to reasons for electoral decision in U.K. and the Brexit or in the United States and the presidential elections.feedback

Neil Carmichael

The key political thing is to make sure we have good relationship beyond Brexit and those 27 nations states are interested in that.feedback

Jonathan Freedland

The 1990s felt like a holiday from history at the time, but landmines were being planted that would explode into Brexit and Trump. To voter fatigue we can add news fatigue. When Theresa May announced a June election, to add to the votes Britons had already cast in 2015 and 2016, to say nothing of the Scottish referendum in 2014, only part of the reaction – captured so perfectly by Brenda, she of the viral “Not another one!” video – was weariness at the prospect of enduring yet more politics. There is a wider exhaustion too, at the sheer pace of events.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

The Brexit vote in the United Kingdom stunned many observers, not only because the polls had misjudged popular sentiment but also because of what it told us about global populist sentiment. Brexit’s impact on the British government (David Cameron was forced to resign) and the future of Europe (the first significant rollback in the continent’s economic integration) is still playing out. But if you thought that was earthshaking, take a look at the French presidential election this Sunday, which arguably may have an even bigger impact on the United States and the West more generally.feedback

Michael Saunders - Bank of England

I judge that the current policy stance is clearly accommodative. While not prejudging what I or the MPC might decide on monetary policy, a modest rise in rates would still imply that considerable stimulus remains in place, helping to support output and jobs. I'm not sure that one is a bigger error than the other. I want to stress that this prospective near-term inflation pickup does not imply that Brexit Britain will face persistently high inflation. Nor does it signal that the MPC has gone soft on our low inflation remit.feedback

Gina Miller

It’s vital that parliament has a say over any deal struck with the EU. That’s why we’ve launched Best For Britain – to support the best candidates for the job. Democracy is a very precious thing, and never more so than now, as Britain faces an uncertain future. The June election will be more important than any in living memory. How people vote will be vital in shaping the kind of country we live in.feedback

Ian Murray

This general election campaign has barely started and the SNP has already resorted to dirty tricks by wilfully misleading the public. Any vote for the Tories simply endorses their drive for a damaging hard Brexit.feedback

Theresa May

I am … clear that no deal for Britain is better than a bad deal for Britain.feedback

Anne-Laure Donskoy

We had a good meeting. He spoke about working on a separate text, those were his exact words. This is the first time this has been said. This is what we want, a separate agreement that is legally binding, so that if negotiations fail, EU citizens would not fall under UK immigration law.feedback

Antonio Tajani

There are a lot of technical problems – pensions, workers, students – for this we need to work a lot at technical level between the different negotiators, but if there is political decision in favour, it is easier to achieve the goal.feedback

Samia Badani

I think the signs were encouraging . They certainly realised that EU citizens live in a heightened state of anxiety and that we are asking for concrete commitment, namely that such rights should be guaranteed irrespective of the outcome of the overall negotiations.feedback

Laurie Sage

Jeremy Corbyn is the main reason I'm not sure about the whole thing anymore. He looked so promising when he came in because he was a socialist and that's what we needed to go against the whole horrific Tory destruction of the welfare state and the NHS, which is just awful to watch, but then you watch him with Brexit and he wasn't really bothered. Now he just seems quite weak and I don't know what to make of him anymore. I think a lot of people feel that way too.feedback

Chuka Umunna

The Brexit vote has already plunged the pound to its lowest value in 30 years, putting up prices in the shops. And leaving the single market and customs union will make prices higher still, as imported food, fuel and clothes face new barriers to trade.feedback

Ruth Gregory - Capital Economics

Retail sales only account for about a third of household spending, and the recent evidence on other areas of spending has been more encouraging. For example, the Bank of England's agents' score of consumer services turnover has held steady at a fairly high level.feedback

Marine Le Pen

Britain opened its eyes with Brexit, closed the borders. We've got to do the same.feedback

Alfonso Esparza

Euro bulls will definitely respond to positive news around Macron, but that dissipates as the reality of low turnouts sets in. Everybody remembers the Brexit polls and even the U.S. election polls. After those misses it is going to take a lot to make the markets trust them again.feedback

Jean-Marc Ayrault

You know very well what his style and method are. During the [Brexit] campaign, you know he told a lot of lies to the British people and now it is him who has his back against the wall.feedback

Jim Yong Kim - World Bank Group

I think it's important for people in the UK to understand just how significant that was in terms of expanding the UK's influence in the world and elevating the image of the UK in the world. I think it would be very unfortunate for the UK to reduce their commitment and I would just say to the people of the UK that the 0.7pc that has been committed to is critically, critically, important - not just for developing countries but for the future of the world.feedback

Jim Yong Kim - World Bank Group

People have to think about aid as far more than just giveaways - we think about using our resources now as facilitating the process where owners of capital get higher returns and developing countries will get the opportunity to grow their economy and create jobs. That's the one big win win situation in the world today.feedback

Jim Yong Kim - World Bank Group

We need to create dynamic growing societies that will be markets for goods from the OECD in which opportunities are created so that rising aspirations are not all met with frustration.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Theresa May will try to say that this is an election about Brexit while ignoring her government's failure and the issues that affect people's lives every day.feedback

Patrick McLoughlin

It's clear Labour, the Lib Dems and the SNP [Scottish National Party] are now lining up to disrupt our Brexit negotiations in a coalition of chaos. This can only mean more uncertainty for Britain, more risk and a future that is less secure.feedback

Daran Hill

Because the central purpose of their party is to achieve independence, it creates a crisis of identity. That could mean the falling away of support and purpose, as we see with UKIP at the present time.feedback

Tom Devine

I sense the mood in Scotland is beginning to change in a way that might make the independence agenda unassailable.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

And yet we have a Westminster government with one MP in Scotland thinking it's got the right to lay down the law. I suspect history will look back on today and see it as the day the fate of the union was sealed.feedback

Tom Devine

She still gets up people's noses. What's happened, because of the way London has handled the position so abysmally, is a steady unleashing of the economic issue and a movement towards a political issue. There's the sense that, If we don't do something, we're going to be ruined by this right-wing clique.feedback

Theresa May

I will be asking the British people for a mandate to complete Brexit and to make a success of it. What do we know that the leader of the Labour party, the leader of the Liberal Democrats and the leader of the Scottish nationalists have in common. Corbyn, Farron and Sturgeon want to unite together to divide our country, and we will not let them do it. Every vote for the Conservatives will make it harder for those who want to stop me getting the job done. Every vote for the Conservatives will make me stronger when I negotiate for Britain with the European Union.feedback

John Major

The biggest losers from a complete disengagement between Britain and Europe are going to be those least able to protect themselves, both in Europe and in the U.K.feedback

John Major

Once we leave, we lose those bilateral deals. Can we, 65 million Britons, get the same deal as 500 million Europeans negotiated for Europe, including the U.K.?feedback

John Major

The U.K. has a robust political and economic structure. And so I do not share the view of those who anticipate an economic catastrophe upon leaving. What I do fear is that the U.K. will be less influential politically and will do less well economically than if she had remained in the European Union.feedback

John Major

Those who favor Brexit, anti-Europeans, promise an easy deal because they say the 27 other European Union members export more to the U.K. than the U.K. does to them. But that crude statistic masks a significant reality. While the U.K. exports nearly half of their goods to Europe, the average exports of the other 27 European nations to the U.K. are a mere 8 percent of their exports. There is no doubt which side most urgently needs a deal. A united Europe matters as a political force in a way that individual European nations never again will do.feedback

John Major

I don't for example expect lots of banks to up and move from the City of London, but I do think when it comes to considering fresh investment, there may be more fresh investment in the European Union, and maybe a little less in the U.K.feedback

Angus Robertson

If the Prime Minister is so confident of her hard-Brexit, pro-austerity, anti-immigration case why won't she debate opposition leaders? Most people in the country know that the Prime Minister wants an early general election because the Labour Party is in such an awful state. We look forward to the straight fight between the Tories and the SNP in Scotland, but can the Prime Minister tell people why she is running scared of a televised debate with Nicola Sturgeon?feedback

Jeff Crisp

With the Brexit negotiations Theresa May is going to have to make compromises which will be unpopular with hard Brexiteers. She will have to appease the right wing of her own party. One of the ways will be to get rid of it [the pledge] or to reduce it. Another way she could appease the right wing of the party would be to increase the way the overseas development budget will be used for things that are not strictly development.feedback

Martin Kettle

A victory for Emmanuel Macron would be the best outcome for the French, and the least worst option for us too with Brexit negotiations looming. Britain’s political class has a long and damaging record of not taking politics in continental Europe seriously. A collective insularity tempered only by a worship of all things American ensures that a minor event like this week’s congressional byelection in the suburbs of Atlanta is more likely to register inside the British bubble than, say, the critical contest hotting up for the leadership of Spain’s influential but divided Socialist party.feedback

Mark Carney - Bank of England

I would include Brexit as one example of these forces of fragmentation because there are some scenarios where there wouldn't be a cooperative outcome. That said, it is far, far more likely that there is one, and there is a spectrum of positive outcomes here. Starting from the same standards of a high degree of regulatory cooperation gives tremendous opportunities. I am more positive about the prospect of continued cooperation and building a more effective system.feedback

Mark Carney - Bank of England

Authorities must learn by doing and make adjustments, as necessary, to optimise our effort, without compromising on the level of resilience the reforms are intended to achieve.feedback

Nigel Farage

Today we are told that unless you vote for Mrs May, a progressive alliance of Labour, Lib Dems and the SNP will form the next Government and reverse the Brexit process. For the moment, there are many - including some Ukip supporters - who believe it. As the next few weeks unfold, and the sheer ineptitude of Corbyn's Labour is witnessed by the public, the Tory poll lead will be of such a magnitude that the pro-EU progressive alliance argument will disappear. The certainty of a large Conservative majority and knowing that the Remainers have been trounced, will see Ukip voters coming home.feedback

Antonio Tajani

I underlined during the meeting [that] for the EU parliament this is most important point. [We must] strongly defend the right of EU citizens living in the UK and have a clear framework in the next months. For us it's important to ensure that Brexit does not have negative effects on their life and rights they are enjoying. This is very clear in the text approved by a very large majority [by the European parliament]. For us, it is a priority and it is a red line. It's impossible to go back.feedback

Lukman Otunuga

With political risks and uncertainty revolving around Brexit remaining a dominant theme when dealing with Sterling, the bullish rally could face some headwinds down the road. Investors may direct their attention towards BoE governor Mark Carney who is scheduled to deliver a speech today. With the Brexit saga gaining traction and UK economic data displaying some signs of weakness over the past months, it will be interesting to hear Carney's thoughts on these developments.feedback

Nigel Farage

You can see Theresa May try to stop the same thing again about a progressive alliance that would try to stop Brexit from happening. Actually that's going to wither over then next few weeks. We should have kicked him out two years ago. He was very much responsible for division in the party. When you have someone [like me] who has been a dominant figure as leader, my critics would say domineering and they would probably be right too, when that person goes, there is bound to be a period where we need to settle down.feedback

Nigel Farage

A bit of me says what happened last time in South Thanet was so monstrous there that they wouldn't dare try it again, so I think if I did run I would win it. I'm still leading a group in the European parliament. I've got to weigh up, where am I best to be to have an impact on Brexit and perhaps warning the British people it's not going in the direction it should be – Strasbourg or trying to get a seat in Westminster?feedback

Paul Nuttall

I haven't decided yet. I have got to weigh it up. I am still leading a group in the European Parliament where of course ultimately there will be a veto over the whole Brexit deal and where the negotiations will take place over the next two years. I have got to weigh up where am I best to be in terms of having an impact on Brexit and perhaps warning the British public that it's not going in the direction it should be. Am I better off staying in Strasbourg or better of trying to go to Westminster?feedback

Theresa May

We won't be doing television debates. I believe in campaigns where politicians actually get out and about and meet with voters.feedback

Neil Hermon

The UK government would be in a stronger position to negotiate the terms of Brexit and May's government would be given a definitive mandate for Brexit. This is a positive move for UK stocks, particularly mid-caps.feedback

Jim Cramer

We tend to read everything negative into European elections because of the market's initial reaction to Brexit and the shocking declines it caused around the globe, including here. It's that same volatility that the hedge funds search for to make quick money. It's also why the headlines turn into such a loud drumbeat. In retrospect, though, it meant very little, except as a panic, a panic that gave you a great chance to buy.feedback

Theresa May

The "most crucial point. I've taken this decision because I genuinely believe it is in the national interest. If you look at the timetable, had the election been in 2020 we would have been coming up to the most crucial part of the negotiations, at the end of the negotiations, in what would be starting to be the run-up to a general election. I believe in campaigns where politicians actually get out and about and meet the voters. That's what I believe in doing and that's what I'm going to be doing around this campaign.feedback

Theresa May

Now it is not the time for second Scottish independence referendum because it will weaken our hand in negotiations on Brexit. Strength and unity with the Conservatives, division and weakness with the Scottish nationalists.feedback

Chris Turner - ING Financial Markets

Sterling is rallying on the view that May will have a stronger mandate, increasing her majority, ...to deal with Brexit negotiations and perhaps even calm the more extreme Brexiteers in her party, . We also think that poor positioning has played a major role, where sterling shorts were built in the $1.22/24 region in early March and are now being cut out.feedback

Graeme Souness

Football is the most entertaining game in the world to watch because it's end to end with lots of things happening. What we can't have is this tippy-tappy football. I'll give yu an example: I live on the south coast of England and I went to watch Bournemouth play Swansea three weeks ago and I came away thinking 'I didn't enjoy that. It was like watching a Dutch game of football. Lots of pretty passes but there was no fire, no one smashing into someone. There was no real anger in the game. It was about 'we'll out pass you and maybe we'll get a goal.feedback

Margaritis Schinas - European Commission

The president considers that the real political negotiations on article 50 with the UK will start after the elections foreseen for the 8th of June. The negotiations were meant to start in June regardless of the UK government (election) decision.feedback

Theresa May

We need a general election and we need one now. The country is coming together, but Westminster is not. Division in Westminster will risk our ability to make a success of Brexit and it will cause damaging uncertainty and instability to the country. Every vote for the Conservatives means we can stick to our plan for a stronger Britain and take the right long-term decisions for a more secure future.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

If the SNP wins this election in Scotland and the Tories (Conservatives) don't, then Theresa May's attempt to block our mandate to give the people of Scotland a choice over their own future when the time is right will crumble to dust. (May's) motive is clear. She knows that as the terms of her hard Brexit become clearer, the deep misgivings that so many people already have will increase and grow. So she wants to act now to crush the parliamentary opposition that she faces.feedback

Alex Dryden - JPMorgan Chase & Co.

For us, for U.K. investors, it certainly adds to the short-term noise, but what it might lead to is a softer Brexit. A bigger majority for the Conservatives in the House of Commons might allow Theresa May to talk a softer Brexit stance which is why we've seen the pound nose up since the election announcement.feedback

Donald Tusk - European Council

It was (Alfred) Hitchcock, who directed Brexit: first an earthquake and the tension rises.feedback

Anand Menon

That gives her added momentum, though I don't necessarily think that the momentum is towards the soft side of Brexit.feedback

Kallum Pickering - Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co.

I don't see much merit to the story that an increase in Conservative seats following 8 June election May will dilute the hard-Brexiteers on the Conservative backbenches, enabling May to go for the softer Brexit that she wanted all along. No major change to my sterling forecast. Part dollar story, part Brexit story; markets pricing in 2018 Fed rate hikes and the potential for early clashes in the Brexit negotiations suggests that sterling will head a little lower from here for the rest of the year.feedback

Philip Shaw - Investec

Our view for a while has been that the risk premium embodied into sterling is excessive and that this will ease back over the course of the year as investors become more comfortable with Brexit-related uncertainties, allowing the pound to strengthen. By end-year, we are expecting cable at $1.35, although this is supported by a wider rally in the EUR vs the USD.feedback

Theresa May

People will have a real choice at this election. They will have a choice between a Conservative government that has shown we can build a stronger economy and a Labour party whose economic policy would bankrupt this country.feedback

Tim Bale

She has a small majority, a big task ahead of her and a huge opinion poll lead. If you put all those things together, they equal a general election.feedback

Gaspard Flamant

We saw (President Donald) Trump, we saw Brexit ... so I'm mistrustful.feedback

Charles Grant

Angela Merkel’s government has no interest in indulging the UK during the negotiations – and a general election won’t change that. Britain has long misread the German attitude to Brexit, with many Tories wrongly assuming that Angela Merkel’s government will be driven by economic self-interest to ensure Britain gets a good deal.feedback

Theresa May

That would be in nobody's interest. Brexit isn't just about the letter that says we want to leave. It's about ... getting the right deal from Europe. We won't be doing television debates.feedback

Eloise Todd

We will support different parties and independents, and organisations working in this space. We are not party political. We stand for democracy in this country and a constitution that respects proper balance of powers and doesn't railroad the country into an extreme Brexit.feedback

Gina Miller

There isn't time to organise a formal progressive alliance. We have to do what we can in the time available. We need to re-energise people about the importance of voting tactically. We need to have a galvanising moment. We need to have a strategy and a structure. Time is not on our side, so we have to put aside egos. It is about being pragmatic. I've been told that 'as a coloured woman' I'm not even human – I'm a primate and only a piece of meat and I should be hunted down and killed. I've had somebody told me I needed to be 'the new Jo Cox.feedback

Tim Farron

Brexit has an impact on everything, if you are worried there are not enough carers, about the state of the hospital, that your school is not properly funded or there are too few police officers, then leaving the single market is a reason why that is the case. People don't trust politicians at the best of times, nobody believes you can have a better NHS and social care without more money. We have to be really clear that there is a way of getting more money if we as a community make a choice to invest in it together.feedback

Theresa May

There are three things that a country needs: a strong economy, strong defence and strong, stable leadership. That's what our plans for Brexit and our plans for a stronger Britain will deliver. Whereas the right honourable gentleman opposite would bankrupt our economy, weaken our defences and is simply not fit to lead.feedback

Jane Foley - Rabobank International

Even though May looks set to secure a strong mandate from U.K. voters, the priority of EU negotiators heading into the Brexit talks remains the protection of the EU. The Brexit talks are still set to be tough and the result could still deal a blow to the U.K. economy.feedback

Derek Halpenny - The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ

We see this decision as much as a decision to curtail the 'hard Brexit' faction within the Conservative Party as it is to contain anti-Brexit political parties.feedback

David Cheetham

Even though this outcome appears unlikely this time out, it remains a possibility and would represent the second major miscalculation by a PM in as many years.feedback

Martin Schaefer

We have an interest ... in predictability and reliability, because we want to get this process done in the prescribed period of time and above all because we don't need upheaval in this negotiating process – either at the beginning or the end.feedback

Ulrike Demmer

The German government assumes that the negotiations can be continued without disruption.feedback

Anne Perkins

The Mail and the Sun want no opposition to Brexit, the popular will, or our future of using shire horses instead of tractors. Oh, and neither does Theresa May. Crush the saboteurs! The headline in the Daily Mail, the newspaper that now wears the mantle of the voice of Theresa May with a flamboyant confidence, was reassuring to anyone who might have wondered if they’d overegged their reaction to the election announcement. Yep, that’s right, she really doesn’t think opposition is acceptable.feedback

Kezia Dugdale

At this election, the choice again will be clear: a Tory Party intent on a hard and damaging Brexit; or a Labour Party that will oppose a second independence referendum and fight for a better future for everybody. We will work tirelessly to elect Jeremy Corbyn Prime Minister and deliver a Labour government.feedback

Lizzie Crowley

While more efforts are being made to reform education, it's clear that there needs to be a much greater emphasis on learning and development in the workplace. As we move towards Brexit, and possible restrictions on overseas talent, it's crucial that government works in partnership with education providers and businesses to address these deep-rooted issues that continue to blight individual and business potential.feedback

Amber Rudd

The point is with the EU they will know we have a small majority. They will watch the polls, see the debates, they read the newspapers. It's important for the EU to realise we have a strong government that is supported by the country so that we can get the best negotiation with them. Division in Westminster will risk our ability to make a success of Brexit.feedback

John Curtice

Theresa May wins seats from the Labour Party. Why? Because Labour is at sixes and sevens, Jeremy Corbyn is not a very popular leader and the party is divided over Brexit. Whereas Mrs May seems to be at least reasonably popular. Some of the leadership research recently has found she's not loved but respected.feedback

Charles Lichfield

It is true that four candidates are coming all within a margin of error. It is impossible to know for sure whether the French electorate will look at these polls and decide to vote with their hearts or get excited by the underdogs. It will be negative because there's this now complacent view that Brexit wasn't so bad. Trump hasn't been so bad, so why are we worried about Le Pen? But if you look at what she wants to do, if suddenly the market slowing into what her actual policies are and realize she's right at the center of a vulnerable monetary union, then it becomes much more troubling.feedback

Gonzalez Pons

May calls for U.K. elections, which means either undoing Brexit or making it harder by shortening times. I wish the UK all the best.feedback

Tony Blair

They will say they don't represent the will of the people. We do, many millions of them and – with determination – many millions more.feedback

Tony Blair

The political situation the country faces is unprecedented and dangerous. We risk a Parliament which is lop-sided in its make-up; which has a big Tory majority - in part delivered not because of the intrinsic merits of Brexit or the Tories themselves but because of the state of Labour; where they will claim a mandate to take us wherever they will; when we desperately need representatives who will at least keep an open mind.feedback

Tony Blair

This requires the electorate in every constituency to know where the candidates stand; and the mobilisation of the thousands in each constituency to make it clear that for them this issue counts when it comes to their vote. The one incontrovertible characteristic of politics today is its propensity for revolt. The Brexiteers were the beneficiaries of this wave, but now they want to freeze it to a date in June 2016. They will say the will of the people can't alter. It can. They will say that leaving is inevitable. It isn't.feedback

Theresa May

I have concluded the only way to guarantee certainty and security for years ahead is to hold this election. Division in [Parliament] will risk our ability to make a success of Brexit.feedback

Bill Cash

She has demonstrated a will of iron and nerves of steel, and she is right . This is going to be full Brexit – the House of Lords will have nowhere to go.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Well, it's an opportunity for the people of this country to change the direction of this country, to decide they do not want a hard Brexit, they want to keep Britain in the single market, and indeed, it's an opportunity for us to have a decent strong opposition in this country, that we desperately need.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

I welcome the opportunity for us to put the case to the people of Britain, to stand up against this Government and it's failed economic agenda which has left our NHS in problems, our schools underfunded and left so many people uncertain. We want to put a case out there to the people of Britain of a society that cares for all, an economy that works for all and a Brexit that works for all. We're going out there to put the case for how this country could be run. How it could be different, how we could have a much fairer society that works for all, for everybody in our community.feedback

Mike Amey - Pimco

The decision to call a snap election on June 8 is not without risk, but given a 20-point lead in the polls the Conservatives should be able to materially increase their working majority in parliament. That in turn would give the government more room for manoeuvre during the Brexit negotiations, and make the government less exposed to the more right wing factions within the party.feedback

Theresa May

At this moment of enormous national significance there should be unity here in Westminster, but instead there is division. The country is coming together but Westminster is not. In recent weeks, Labour have threatened to vote against the final agreement we reach with the EU, the Liberal Democrats have said they want to grind the business of government to a standstill. The SNP say they will vote against the legislation that formally repeals Britain's membership of the EU and unelected members of the House of Lords have vowed to fight us every step of the way.feedback

Paul Nuttall

I suspect Nigel Farage will stand. We are in the midst of Brexit negotiations so this election will provide a perfect opportunity for the 52 per cent to vote for Ukip, the only party wholeheartedly committed to a clean quick and efficient Brexit.feedback

John Curtice

That makes it all the important that Scotland is protected from a Tory Party which now sees the chance of grabbing control of government for many years to come and moving the UK further to the right – forcing through a hard Brexit and imposing deeper cuts in the process.feedback

Peter Kellner

Because the overriding issue is Brexit, it will be as close as you ever get to a one-issue election.feedback

Alistair Carmichael

I think actually it makes her look a little bit arrogant and a little bit complacent. She's taking people for granted already and voters never like that.feedback

Jonathan Loynes - Capital Economics

For a start, May (originally a 'remainer', don't forget) has sounded fairly conciliatory on some aspects of Brexit such as immigration in the early exchanges with the EU. And if the election does trigger (Jeremy) Corbyn's replacement as Labour leader, that might lead to more effective domestic opposition to the government's Brexit vision.feedback

Theresa May

The country is coming together, but Westminster is not. Division in Westminster will risk our ability to make a success of Brexit. That means we will regain control of our own money, our own laws and our own borders and we will be free to strike trade deals with old friends and new partners all around the world. This is the right approach, and it is in the national interest. But the other political parties oppose it.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

The Tories see a chance to move the U.K. to the right, force through a hard Brexit and impose deeper cuts. Let's stand up for Scotland.feedback

Theresa May

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.feedback

Luke Bartholomew - Aberdeen Asset Management

No one was expecting this. Not least because the Government itself ruled an election before 2020 out barely four weeks ago. But Theresa May has clearly smelt an opportunity to consolidate her mandate ahead of the Brexit negotiations.feedback

Andrew Bailey - Bank of England

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Tim Farron

This election is your chance to change the direction of our country. There are large numbers of Conservative seats where the Lib Dems are the challengers. Seats up and down the country where the Tories are looking vulnerable, where constituents will question this brutal, dumb hard Brexit. The only way to stop Theresa May winning a majority, the only way to stop a hard Brexit, is by the Lib Dems winning in those seats.feedback

Tony Blair

The damage to the country will be huge if we end up with an unrestrained 'Brexit at any cost' majority. The state of the Labour leadership offers such an obvious target that it would be an extraordinary act of political self-denial to refuse to put the opposition to the test. I am delighted that the prime minister has decided to ask the parliament to go to the country in pursuit of a mandate for the plans she has set out for leaving the European Union. This should be great news for a strong and stable government, a strong negotiating hand and a good deal.feedback

Tony Blair

Labour are going to decide if they want a real Brexit or a fake one. A fake Brexit is staying in the customs unions or EEA, unable to chart our own course on trade policy and services regulation.feedback

Crispin Odey

Economically speaking this is probably the best time she can do it but the current environment won't last and things are bound to get choppier.feedback

Martin Sorrell

It obviously comes as a surprise given what Mrs May has said about not calling an early election. But when you think of the difficulty she faces in negotiating with the EU and the apparent divisions and weakness in the Labour Party you can see the logic. A snap election increases uncertainty for businesses but only until June 8 if the polls are to be believed. She has clearly calculated that, with the polls as they are, it is worth sacrificing seven weeks of negotiations with the EU to strengthen her hand.feedback

Michael Rake

If the election empowers the Prime Minister to negotiate a pragmatic Brexit with appropriate transitional arrangements it will be worthwhile.feedback