British elections 2017

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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
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NEW Apr 23 2017
Multiple people spoke about British elections 2017 in the news. We gather all their quotes on this page, an easy way to see all views about this topic at a glance. To go deeper, all quotes are redirected to the article from which they come. Theresa May is the person who had the greatest number of quotes. The most recent one of them is: “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.”.
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Guy Verhofstadt

The theory espoused by some, that Theresa May is calling a general election on Brexit in order to secure a better deal with the EU, is nonsensical. We can only conclude that many British politicians and the media still don't fathom how article 50 will work in practice. Will the election of more Tory MPs give Theresa May a greater chance of securing a better Brexit deal? For those sitting around the table in Brussels, this is an irrelevance.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

Philip Hammond

We do need flexibility to manage the system and we do need to make sure that Theresa May and her Government have a clear mandate to execute our plan.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

Theresa May

I am very pleased to come back here. In this election I will be asking people to put their trust in me as Prime Minster to get the best possible deal for Britain. But I am only Prime Minister because I am a Member of Parliament and I am only a Member of Parliament because the people of Maidenhead [constituency] have put their trust in me and that's something I'll never forget. It's great to be back here in the constituency today.feedback

Theresa May

When the tuition fees came in, a lot of people said that what they thought might happen was actually young people from less advantaged families might be less likely to go to university. In fact, that's not the case - the reverse has happened. So I think we have seen [people] crucially still being able to to take those university opportunities. I think what's being done in apprenticeships... will give a wider variety of routes for young people, so that everybody's able to say: 'What works for me? What's right for me for the future?feedback

Theresa May

I am very proud of the record we have, of the children around the world who are being educated as a result of the British government, of the British taxpayer, of its international aid, the ability we had to help in the Ebola crisis, the work that we have been doing supporting Syrian refugees. I was in Jordan a couple of weeks ago meeting some youngsters being given a good quality education.feedback

Theresa May

The election campaign has only just begun. I'm not taking anything for granted. The result is not certain.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

Karen Bradley

Given the proximity of this decision to the forthcoming general election and following discussions with the parties, Ofcom, the Competition Markets Authority and the Cabinet Office propriety and ethics team I wrote to Ofcom and the CMA on Friday 21 April to extend the period by which these reports should be submitted to Tuesday 20 June.feedback

Tim Farron

Theresa May thinks she's going to be crowned on 8 June and it will be a procession over the next seven weeks, not a contest. The Liberal Democrats will make sure it's a contest. My message to people out there of all political persuasions – as you might not agree with me on absolutely everything – but if you agree with me that Britain needs a strong opposition, you need to back the Liberal Democrats.feedback

Lesley Mansell

The calling of the general election has fired up my campaign by getting more people out on the streets, determined to see the back of the Tories.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

Mohammad Jamei

We expect this profile to continue over the short term, as low mortgage rates encourage existing borrowers to remortgage and Government schemes help first-time buyers. We do not expect any marked effect from the general election.feedback

John McDonnell

The economy is going to turn, we are seeing inflation increasing, wages stagnate and people in heavy debt. They know … they'll be deeply unpopular.feedback

Theresa May

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. 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 has threatened to vote against the final agreement we reach with the European Union. The Liberal Democrats have said they want to grind the business of government to a standstill.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

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

Saira O'Mallie

Up until the last couple of days, we've been seeing positive commitment from the PM, from Priti Patel [the international development secretary] and we hope that they hold their nerve. We hope Theresa May will listen to the British public and to the huge amount of support it has across the political spectrum.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

Nicola Sturgeon

That is utterly shameful. It brings into sharp focus the key issue at the heart of the general election.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

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

Paul Ryan

Times like these call for bold leadership, and Theresa May is certainly setting the standard. Ultimately, it is up to the British people to decide their political future - as only they can. And honestly, as my colleagues can attest, we Americans have enough on our plate . . . so I will simply say, Good luck and please know that, no matter the outcome, the United States will proudly stand by your new government.feedback

Paul Ryan

Times like these call for bold leadership, and Theresa May is certainly setting the standard. Yesterday's news and today's vote is indeed a historic event.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

I genuinely came to this decision reluctantly having looked at the circumstances and having looked ahead at the process of negotiation. I want this country to be able to play the strongest hand possible in those negotiations and be in a position to get the best possible deal. That is in our long- term interest. That is what this is about.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

Clive Lewis

I was getting married on 6 May. Theresa May kind of has thrown a clanger into my life. We've had to cancel the honeymoon and we don't even know if we're getting married now, so I don't know. It's a bit of a disaster personally. And you know, the worst of it all is the stag has had to be cancelled. If my other half is listening that was a joke!feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

We welcome the opportunity of a general election because it gives the British people the chance to vote for a Labour government that will put the interests of the majority first. The Prime Minister talks about a strong economy, but the truth is most people are worse off then they were when the Conservatives came to power seven years ago. The election gives the British people the chance to change direction.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

The Prime Minister also says this campaign will be about leadership. So then let's have a head-to-head TV debate about the future of our country. Why has she rejected that request?feedback

Theresa May

The country is coming together but Westminster is not… if we do not hold an election now (opposition politicians') political game playing will continue.feedback

Theresa May

As our Prime Minister Theresa May has said, the country is coming together, but Westminster is not.feedback

Theresa May

Britain is leaving the European Union and there can be no turning back. And as we look to the future, the Government has the right plan for negotiating our new relationship with Europe. At this moment of enormous national significance there should be unity here in Westminster, but instead there is division.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

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

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

Theresa May

If the Parliamentary arithmetic lends itself to the SNP being part of a progressive alliance to keep the Tories out of Government then the SNP will seek to be part of that as we said in 2015. Now we are not sure that there are many people who think Labour will be in a position on their own or with anyone else to form a Government. There will be many people across England who will see that as a matter for regret. My job first and foremost is to stand up for Scotland. Only the SNP will stand between Scotland and an increasingly hardline and right wing Tory Government.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

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

Jonathan Munro - BBC Radio

The BBC is working hard to make sure that there are leaders' debates on the TV in the run-up to the general election because they are overwhelmingly in the public interest.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

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

Theresa May

We won't be doing TV debates. I believe in campaigns where politicians actually get out and about and meet with voters. That's what I have always believed in, it's what I still believe and I still do it – as Prime Minister, as a constituency MP, I still go out and knock on doors in my constituency. That's what I believe in doing, that's what I'm going to be doing around this campaign.feedback

Mike van Dulken - Accendo Markets

Calls for a negative open for equities come after losses on Wall St amid mixed corporate results overnight (Yahoo! beat, IBM missed), another leg down for Crude Oil drove a poor session in Asia and additional GBP strength took FTSE futures lower. Copper may be off its worst levels, but remains in a clear downtrend, although a rebound for Iron Ore offers some respite for a commodity sector troubled by scepticism about stimulus; too much in China and nothing to show yet from Trump in the US.feedback

Amber Rudd

The choice [between the parties] is clear-cut, but the decision to call this election was anything but.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

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

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

Nicola Sturgeon

But it's very clear that the prime minister's announcement today is one all about the narrow interests of her own party, not the interests of the country overall. Clearly she sees the opportunity given the total disarray in the ranks of the Labour party to crush all opposition to her, to get rid of people who disagree with her.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

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

Terry Scuoler

Industry will welcome the Prime Minister's decision to seek a clear mandate. The last year has been one of considerable uncertainty which, if it had gone on unchecked, would have risked hampering future investment. We have significant negotiations to undertake with our partners in the rest of Europe and, doing this with a fresh and stable mandate from the country can only provide greater certainty about the future direction of travel for policy, and the potential to seek the best deal possible for the UK.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

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

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

Theresa May

So we need a general election and we need one now, because we have at this moment a one-off chance to get this done while the European Union agrees its negotiating position and before the detailed talks begin. I have only recently and reluctantly come to this conclusion. Since I became Prime Minister I have said that there should be no election until 2020, but now I have concluded that the only way to guarantee certainty and stability for the years ahead is to hold this election and seek your support for the decisions I must take.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

Jeremy Corbyn

I welcome the Prime Minister's decision to give the British people the chance to vote for a government that will put the interests of the majority first. Labour will be offering the country an effective alternative to a government that has failed to rebuild the economy, delivered failing living standards and damaging cuts to our schools and NHS [National Health Service]. In the last couple of weeks, Labour has set out policies that offer a clear and credible choice for the country. We look forward to showing how Labour will stand up for the people of Britain.feedback

Robert Hutton - Bloomberg

My children cannot remember a time I wasn't covering a general election or referendum.feedback

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

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

Michael Rake

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

Oliver Harvey - Deutsche Bank

First, it makes the deadline to deliver a 'clean' Brexit without a lengthy transitional arrangement by 2019 far less pressing given that no general election will be due the year after. Third, it strengthens the PM's overall negotiating stance... which in recent weeks has clearly fallen in line with the European negotiating approach. We have been structurally bearish on sterling for the past two years but are now changing view.feedback

Rafael Behr

The prime minister claims to want unity over Brexit, but this move is designed to call out her rivals as sowers of discord. Psychologists talk about hindsight bias: our tendency to project inevitability on to unforeseen events. That which surprised us yesterday will tomorrow be treated as if there were no other way things might have been.feedback

John Sauven - Greenpeace

Sometimes legislation is just wrong and you have to stand up and say so. The Lobbying Act is a democratic car crash; it weakens democracy and curtails free speech. Now Britain is going into a second general election regulated by a law that does little to stop powerful companies exerting secret influence in the corridors of power while gagging charities and campaign groups with millions of members. If the last election is anything to go by it will have a chilling effect on groups trying to raise important issues.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Elections and democracy are about public debate. So it's rather strange that only a couple of hours after calling for a general election, the prime minister is saying she's not going to take part in TV debates. Well, I say to Theresa May, who said this election was about leadership, come on and show some. Let's have the debates. It's what democracy needs and the British people deserve.feedback

Theresa May

If we do not hold a general election now their political game-playing will continue, and the negotiations with the European Union will reach their most difficult stage in the run-up to the next scheduled election. Division in Westminster will risk our ability to make a success of Brexit and it will cause damaging uncertainty and instability to the country. So we need a General Election and we need one now, because we have at this moment a one-off chance to get this done while the European Union agrees its negotiating position and before the detailed talks begin.feedback

Theresa May

Last summer, after the country voted to leave the European Union, Britain needed certainty, stability and strong leadership, and since I became prime minister the government has delivered precisely that. Despite predictions of immediate financial and economic danger, since the referendum we have seen consumer confidence remain high, record numbers of jobs, and economic growth that has exceeded all expectations. We have also delivered on the mandate that we were handed by the referendum result. Britain is leaving the European Union and there can be no turning back.feedback

Anne Perkins

The prime minister is setting off on a course that will poison politics for a generation. But to succeed, she needs a two-thirds majority in the Commons. Theresa May has turned democracy against itself. She has been seduced by the siren evidence of the 20-point lead in the polls, and she will have a general election, the one she said again and again that she would not call. And it will almost certainly return her with a thumping majority that will allow her to run the Brexit negotiations just as she wants.feedback

Nick Clegg

By setting the date that parliament will dissolve, our prime minister is giving up the right to pick and choose the date of the next general election–that's a true first in British politics.feedback

Theresa May

Of course, the referendum laid bare some further divisions in our country – between those who are prospering, and those who are not … those for whom our country works well, and those for whom it does not. As the fantastic MP Jo Cox, who was so tragically taken from us last year, put it: 'We are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us.feedback

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