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Steven Patrick Morrissey
The anger is monumental. For what reason will this ever stop? Theresa May says such attacks 'will not break us' but her own life is lived in a bullet-proof bubble, and she evidently does not need to identify any young people today in Manchester morgues. Manchester mayor Andy Burnham says the attack is the work of an 'extremist'. An extreme what? An extreme rabbit?feedback
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NEW May 24 2017
In this page you'll find all points of view published about Conservative and Unionist Party. You'll find 287 quotes on this page. You can filter them by date and by a person’s name. The 4 people who have been quoted more about Conservative and Unionist Party are: Tim Farron, Jeremy Corbyn, Nicola Sturgeon and Paul Nuttall. Tim Farron specifically said: “May's manifesto meltdown changes nothing. As Theresa May has made clear herself, nothing has changed and her heartless dementia tax remains in place. This is a cold and calculated attempt to pull the wool over people's eyes. Theresa May still wants to take older people's homes to fund social care. Families deserve to know exactly how much of their homes would be up for grabs now, not after the election.”.
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Keith Vaz

In 2015 the Conservatives worked extraordinarily hard to get the ethnic minority vote. Theresa May does not have the same impact because of her immigration policies, especially her student immigration policies.feedback

Andrew Rawnsley

Shameless opportunism, brazen larceny and other reasons Theresa May’s Conservatives will win. Just in time for the election, a searing critique of the past 40 years of Conservative philosophy and practice has been published and it is freely available to all voters. I recommend reading this repudiation of all that so many Tories have held dear for decades. The salient passage is to be found on page nine of the blue volume entitled Forward, Together: The Conservative and Unionist Party Manifesto 2017.feedback

Damian Green

Given this huge historic task, you have got a pretty stark choice of leaders – Theresa May or Jeremy Corbyn – and that is what we are pointing out to the country. No negotiation has ever succeeded without an element of compromise and similarly no compromise ever satisfies everyone 100%. I am sure that all sensible people recognise that first of all there is a deal to be done that is mutually beneficial. That is the first thing you need.feedback

Simon Hughes - The Telegraph

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

John Woodcock

The policy on this is settled. There's a defence review at the start of every parliament. I think the Conservative government will do one when they return to office after 8 June. This is a very unusual situation for the country to be in, but I have taken the decision to be honest and say that we know nationally what the result of this election is going to be. We know that Theresa May called this election because she's 20 points ahead in the polls and she's going to be prime minister after the election.feedback

Paul Nuttall

I don't believe that she (Theresa May) will get the best deal possible for Britain, I believe she will begin to backslide.feedback

Tim Farron

The Tories are utter hypocrites. How can they take cash off English pensioners and then give it to Scottish pensioners? It looks like a cheap election bung and it won't wash. It is utterly scandalous that the Conservatives want to axe the triple lock and now do this. Theresa May and her ministers are just taking pensioners and their votes for granted. They don't seem to care about them.feedback

Jamie Oliver

It's awful, it's awful. [Theresa May] will regret it. We know the diseases that the NHS are overtly paying for now and being punished for and crucified now on cost, which is largely obesity, type 2 diabetes and diet-related diseases. This tracks from childhood. It doesn't just happen [during adulthood], it tracks from childhood. As far as I see it … the school is at the front line of the fight against obesity and diet-related disease.feedback

Gary Lynch

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

Nicola Sturgeon

Tory MPs from Scotland will be rubber-stamps for whatever Theresa May wants them to do, so if we want to have strong voices of opposition standing up for Scotland given the big challenges that lie ahead, then we need to make sure that there are SNP voices doing that.feedback

Theresa May

Only the Conservative and Unionist Party has the strength and credibility to stand up to the Nationalists and defend our United Kingdom.feedback

Albrecht Ritschl

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

John McDonnell

I think we are going to win, and we are going to win it on the basis of the positive hope we're giving people, rather than this vague blank cheque that Theresa May has demanded. We are rising in the polls and now that people have seen this Tory manifesto, I tell you, 10 million pensioners out there will be very angry, large numbers of young people will be angry because there is no future in this manifesto.feedback

John McDonnell

With our manifesto I laid out a report with detailed costing for every policy and where the funding source was. That enabled us to be honest with people to say this is what we are going to do, here's how much it is going to cost, and here's how I'm going to raise the funds. She [Theresa May] has dumped the tax lock. That means if they get re-elected, people are insecure because taxes could go up: income tax could go up, national insurance could go up, it could hit employers as well as workers.feedback

Daniel Mahoney

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

Jeremy Corbyn

Theresa May, why not debate me? The public deserves to see a debate between the only two people who could form the next government.feedback

Tim Farron

The fact that Theresa May isn't here tells you she is taking you for granted, she thinks she owns this result. She thinks she owns our country, owns our future and owns our children's future. Democracy did not end on 23 June. None of us know what the outcome is going to be, someone will sign off that deal, either the politicians or the people – I trust the people.feedback

Ben Harris-Quinney

Theresa May is capable of delivering that, but she won't find the answers in Ed Miliband's manifesto.feedback

Martin Kettle

The prime minister offers a new kind of conservatism, promoting good government over free markets. But she lacks a broad base of support across her party. At the end of her election manifesto launch press conference in Halifax, Theresa May was asked whether the document she had just launched embodied something we could now describe as “Mayism”. Her reply was emphatic. “There is no Mayism,” she intoned, “there is good solid conservatism which puts the interests of the country and the interests of ordinary working people at the heart of everything we do in government.”.feedback

Paul Nuttall

You're saying I'm the spokesman for Theresa May, I don't believe she'll get the best possible deal for Britain. I think she'll backslide on fisheries, I think she'll sell out our fishermen once again like a former Tory prime minister did in Ted Heath. I believe there'll be some sort of dodgy deal over free movement.feedback

Sarah Olney

Margaret Thatcher was know as the 'milk snatcher'. Theresa May will go down as the lunch snatcher. People are rightly sceptical of politicians who claim to have easy answers to deeply complex problems. It is the responsibility of leaders to be straight with people about the challenges ahead and the hard work required to overcome them.feedback

Len McCluskey - Unite

People like me are always optimistic… things can happen. But I don't see Labour winning. I believe that if Labour can hold on to 200 seats or so it will be a successful campaign. It will mean that Theresa May will have had an election, will have increased her majority but not dramatically.feedback

Norman Lamb

Instead of £350m a week for the NHS, under the Conservatives we've seen the health service being gradually run into the ground. The NHS cannot take five years of a Conservative landslide that would give Theresa May free rein to cut services further at your local hospital.feedback

Simon Woolley

The data doesn't lie, Corbyn needs the black vote to save his skin. In 31 out of the top 50 marginal seats in the country, the number of black voters there absolutely dwarfs the majority that the MP holds. A lot of people might have written him off, but if he can get underground and mop up hundreds and thousands of those young votes, who knows what might happen? Even Theresa May knows those votes matter: why else do you think she's started promising to lower the pay gap between young people and the rest of society?feedback

Tim Farron

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

Tim Farron

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

Tim Farron

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

Tim Farron

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

Philip Hammond

Of course we're going to borrow for capital or infrastructure. But we've set out our fiscal rules in the autumn statement. You'll have to wait and see in the manifesto what we say about fiscal rules going forward. Theresa May has made it clear on many occasions that she believes in fiscal discipline.feedback

Tim Farron

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

Alun Cairns

Theresa May will ensure that economic prosperity is spread across the United Kingdom and this clear commitment will guarantee that links are strengthened and enhanced between the natural economic areas of South Wales and the South West of England.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

This is about having a health service for the many. In the past seven years the Tories have driven our National Health Service into crisis. A&E departments are struggling to cope. Waiting lists are soaring and, and as we saw last week, Tory cuts have exposed patient services to cyber attack. Imagine what would happen to the NHS if the Conservatives under Theresa May were to have another five years in power. It would be unrecognisable: a national health service in name, cut back, broken up and plundered by private corporations. Only Labour will put the NHS back on its feet.feedback

Tim Bale

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

Tim Bale

It is difficult to know where Nick Timothy ends and Theresa May begins, because Theresa May has never given anything much away, so people make the assumption there is someone else behind it.feedback

Alistair Carmichael

Instead of spying on the entire population's web histories and undermining the encryption that, for example, allows us to bank online safely, Liberal Democrats would put money back into community policing and concentrate on intelligence-led, targeted surveillance. A Conservative landslide would give Theresa May a blank cheque to implement these draconian spying powers and Labour have shown they are incapable of opposing them. A strong Liberal Democrat opposition is crucial to challenge this government, stand up for people's civil liberties and change Britain's future.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

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

Vince Cable - Stansted Airport

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

Dan Lewis

Since Theresa May took over, it's back-pedalled a bit. Certainly there's a sensitivity about it looking like a London project – but you can't ignore the national importance.feedback

John Healey

Theresa May has been at every cabinet since 2010 and can't sidestep her share of the blame for the Tory housing crisis. The number of homeowners has fallen by 200,000, homelessness has more than doubled and new affordable housebuilding is at a near record low.feedback

Gordon Brown

Theresa May says she wants to strengthen her hand in negotiations with Europe but she won't tell us what that hand is. What she wants is a free hand, a blank cheque, carte blanche to do whatever she wants to. No prime minster should ever be given a blank cheque. That is more poverty than even under Mrs Thatcher. Mrs May's Britain will have more poverty and inequality than even the poverty we saw in the Thatcher/Major years.feedback

Tom Watson

If we get to 8 June and [Theresa May] still commands the lead in the polls that she had at the start of the election, she will command a Margaret Thatcher-style majority. A Conservative government with a 100 majority … It will be very hard for them to be held to account in the House of Commons. It means there won't be usual checks and balances of democracy... all those things go out the window. You end up with governance by Theresa May without much accountability – and I don't think anybody wants that. He often swims against the tide and that is why he is his own man.feedback

Tom Watson

It is going be very, very difficult... but we are determined to do it. A lot of local MPs are running on a good track record. If we get to 8 June and [Theresa May] still commands the lead in the polls that she had at the start of the election, she will command a Margaret Thatcher-style majority. A Conservative government with a 100 majority... it will be very hard for them to be held to account in the House of Commons. It means there won't be the usual checks and balances of democracy... all those things go out of the window.feedback

John O'Dowd

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

Tom Watson

I've run a lot of by-elections and elections in my time for the Labour party and I know what it is like. It is going be very, very difficult to turn the poll numbers around, but we are determined to do it. If we get to 8 June and [Theresa May] still commands the lead in the polls that she had at the start of the election, she will command a Margaret Thatcher-style majority.feedback

David Cheetham

The general trend hasn't really changed. The pound's been quite well suppported ever since it broke higher on the news that Theresa May called the snap election.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

If you vote for Theresa May, you get a coalition of risk and uncertainty with Donald Trump.feedback

Tom Watson

A Conservative government with a 100 majority … It will be very hard for them to be held to account in the House of Commons. It means there won't be usual checks and balances of democracy ... all those things go out the window. You end up with governance by Theresa May without much accountability – and I don't think anybody wants that. He often swims against the tide and that is why he is his own man. The Vote Leave people used 'take back control' for a reason, because there are millions of people in the country who feel powerless, who feel that government is not listening to them.feedback

Joseph Harker

Of course he has flaws, but this is a straight fight between five more years of Theresa May, and a genuinely progressive Labour manifesto. There’s no contest. The election of Emmanuel Macron was met with relief by liberals and progressives across Britain. Not that they were necessarily in love with all the ex-banker’s policies, but it meant that at least France, and Europe, was saved from a hard rightwinger whose election would have sowed division and inflamed tensions.feedback

Vince Cable - Stansted Airport

I had been rather taken in by the straight-forward Theresa May, who I thought meant what she said. I sort of believed the mystique, this is someone who means what they say and doesn't play silly games. … So I was surprised.feedback

Tim Farron

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

Patrick McLoughlin

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

Frances Ryan

With wages stagnant and more children growing up in poverty, there’s a place for Labour to reach voters who want a better Britain. No matter how exceptional the circumstances of Brexit and austerity, or how much is currently at stake, this election, like any other, can be boiled down to one thing: how politics resonates with voters’ lives. We saw it with the leave campaign’s “take back control” – a message that simultaneously spoke to fears and hopes – and hear it each time Theresa May positions herself as “strong and stable”. And, inconveniently for the Conservatives, it sits at the heart of the most important matter of all: in Britain today, millions of voters work hard, week in week out, but are struggling more than ever before.feedback

Yvonne McLellan

Theresa May knows she can rely on self-interested wealthy donors and campaigners who're allowed to break the spending rules without fear of prosecution. Greens don't work that way, and we're not in the pockets of the super-rich. That's why we are targeting our resources to build on our strong support in Glasgow North and in Edinburgh North and Leith, and also build support for the case against fracking in Falkirk. Greens across Scotland will support efforts in these constituencies, offering a bold alternative to the other parties.feedback

Sarah Olney

Children are being taught in overcrowded classes by overworked teachers - but Theresa May doesn't care. While funding per pupil is set to see the biggest cuts in a generation, billions of pounds are being spent on divisive plans to expand grammars and free schools. This extra £7 billion of funding would ensure no school and no child loses out. We will reverse crippling Conservative cuts to school budgets and invest to ensure every child has the opportunity to succeed.feedback

David Wearing

Emmanuel Macron has condemned France’s behaviour in Algeria. Until Britain is similarly honest about its history, we will still think in terms of “us” and “them”Both Ukip and Theresa May trumpeted their anti-immigrant credentials yesterday, with fresh and not-so-fresh policies for the election. Hostility to foreigners is now an established theme in the UK’s political discourse, partly because it has deep cultural roots. But there may be something we can learn from Emmanuel Macron about how this problem can be addressed.feedback

Jonathan Munro - BBC Radio

We have an exciting line up of special programmes over the General Election period... bringing Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn in front of the same Question Time audience on the same night to be quizzed by the public. It is firmly in the public interest for audiences to hear from those seeking election. We know they connect with these formats because they are a public moment to focus on and audience members from all across the country get the chance to ask politicians their own questions.feedback

Paul Nuttall

Looking ahead, I am confident that Ukip will not only still survive into the future but the post Brexit ukip, or once these negotiations start, could be bigger and actually I predict will be bigger than the pre-Brexit ukip ever was. I want a great Brexit and I am prepared to put country first, country above party, I want the best Brexit possible. I wish Theresa May all the best, going into these negotiations, one of the duty for Ukip in years to come.feedback

Patrick McLoughlin

The threat of Jeremy Corbyn making it to Downing Street propped up by a coalition of chaos is very real – and these recordings show the Lib Dems are scheming to make it happen. As Cable makes clear, the result would be higher taxes for families and businesses, and attempts to frustrate Brexit at every turn. We would all pay the price. Only a vote for Theresa May and her team can prevent this chaos and deliver the strong and stable leadership for Brexit and beyond.feedback

Tim Robson

I don't like Jeremy Corbyn, I'm not keen on Theresa May because I think it will be more Thatcherism. I think Ukip will do less damage.feedback

Chris Hopson

As NHS England say, outcomes for every major disease in this country are now better than they've ever been. But the truth is that in order to continue to invest in the NHS, grow staff numbers and pay, and improve patient care, we need to secure the economic progress we've made and get a good Brexit deal. That is only on offer at this election with the strong and stable leadership of Theresa May.feedback

Julia Dockerill

I don't believe that the organisation is flexible and nimble enough to deal with some of the big challenges coming its way. People respond to Theresa May because people believe she is a woman of integrity. That makes them feel confident in her leadership.feedback

Iain Dale

The Tory Party attitude to selecting women candidates has changed within a very short space of time. Within less than 20 years they will have gone from 17 female MPs to close on 100. That is largely down to the efforts of two women - Theresa May and Anne Jenkin.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Strength is holding on to what you believe in. Standing up for the many against the few means a struggle against the odds. Looking out for the few is easy; winning for the many is hard. I have a message for Theresa May: If you feel the need to go on about what a great leader you are, then show it by debating with me in this election campaign. We are for the many, you're for the few. No, because I'm busy out campaigning to win the General Election on June 8.feedback

Malcolm Gabbitas

Ukip have done their job and what they wanted to do, and as far as people here are concerned they have done their job. Ukip are going to hold Theresa May to account. If she promises to do what she says she is going to deliver on, then there won't be any need. But if she does not, then Ukip is going to come into play again.feedback

Danny Brooks

I think that people believe we have only one trick, which is not true. The Tories are talking the talk. Theresa May could nearly be Ukip leader, given the way she is talking. The problem that Paul has got is that we had such a fantastic leader in Nigel Farage, whether people love him or hate him. Paul is a different kind of leader.feedback

Johnny Heald

To achieve a commanding majority the Tories need to woo a lot of voters who wanted Brexit and who have flirted with Ukip over the last few elections. On the evidence from this poll and indeed the results from the local elections this week, they appear to be winning the argument. The 2015 Ukip vote is evenly split – half are still backing Paul Nuttall but half are on the verge of going back home. Theresa May, like Margaret Thatcher, is perhaps perceived to be more in touch with hard working families than her predecessor David Cameron.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

Yes, by their standards, the Tories did well – and I take nothing away from them – but they did well entirely at the expense of the Labour party. As we go into the general election, the people of Scotland have a clear choice. It is pretty clear that Theresa May, on the strength of support in England, is going to win the general election. So for people in Scotland, if they want strong voices standing up for Scotland's interests and holding the Tories to account in Westminster, that can only come from the SNP.feedback

Paul Nuttall

It is very easy for [Theresa May] to talk the talk and act tough, but when she's asked to walk the walk, I think there's going to be problems.feedback

Tim Farron

Theresa May doesn't care about the NHS or social care. People are lying on trolleys in hospital corridors and she has done nothing. The Liberal Democrats will rescue the NHS and social care. We are prepared to be honest with people and say that we will all need to chip in a little more.feedback

Steven Woolfe

I've got no choice - it would have to be Theresa May. We are the victims of our own success and now we pick ourselves up and go on to further success in the future.feedback

Tim Farron

If you want a strong opposition to this government, we are the party for you. Labour has failed as an opposition and handed Theresa May a blank cheque to do as she pleases. The voters have delivered their verdict on Jeremy Corbyn.feedback

Philip Johnson

People have been saying to us that Jeremy Corbyn's style has been putting them off voting Labour. It's not the policies. I think when the policies are explained they do receive a degree of support. But Jeremy Corbyn isn't coming across well with the public and I think that's fairly well known. The choice is difficult because I don't think Theresa May is a great prime minister; her dealings so far with the Brexit process have not shown that she's capable of looking after the interests of the British people. I don't think she's coming across very well at all.feedback

Simon Hix

If the lower-income, less-educated voters don't turn out, and if you get mobilization from the pro-Europeans ... then tactical voting will kick in much more. They'll give us a take-it-or-leave-it deal, and we'll take it, because we'll have to. The real Theresa May will be able to stand up.feedback

Pippa Norris

People don't want [the general election], but you can understand from the conservative position why Theresa May thought it was a good idea. But for most of the public, they just sigh and say, Oh, not this year. Thank you very much.'.feedback

Douglas Carswell

The flood of Kippers switching to Theresa May shows two things: Ukip’s done its job of getting us out of Europe. And she is now the anti-establishment candidate. It’s over. Ukip, only a few months ago seen as an insurgent party riding high in the polls on over 20%, is finished. Today my former party lost all but one of the local council seats it was contesting. As Ukip’s first – and last – MP, I am far from despondent. In fact, I am elated. Why? Because we have won.feedback

Kate Maltby

With the ‘unholy chaos’ of a snap election the new Tory MPs will be a mixed bunch: some will be May’s mates, others will be answerable to the Tory shires. Everyone has a pet theory about why Theresa May called this election. Yet such is the sphinx-like inscrutability of our prime minister that few really have a clue. Any pundit who tells you they know for certain is lying.feedback

Michael Fullilove

It is a very early and high profile meeting for an Australian prime minister to have in the term of a US President… There is a danger in looking sycophantic – I think the British Prime Minister Theresa May found that.feedback

Rupert Harrison

When Juncker gives Theresa May a pre-election PR gift, does anyone really expect her not to play it for all she can? They'll hope this story runs and runs.feedback

Michel Barnier

A new government following the elections which Theresa May called early ... will have a certain longevity and stability for five years, which is not the case for the current Government. These elections will not change anything as regards the position and determination of the European Union ... Without any aggresivity or naivety, we will defend the interests of the 27 member states of the European Union and the single market. That is my role.feedback

Michel Barnier

On a personal basis I had the opportunity to discuss a shared passion with Theresa May which is rambling and hiking in the mountains. If you like walking in the mountains you have to learn a number of rules. You have to learn to put one foot in front of the other, because sometimes you are on a steep and rocky path. You also have to look what accidents might befall you – falling rocks. You have to be very careful to keep your breathe, you have to have stamina, because it could be a lengthy path and you have to keep looking at the summit.feedback

David Davis

I don't suppose the British public at large has been terribly impressed by the operations of the last week, but I think that they will see very, very clearly they need a good, tough negotiator, and that's what Theresa May is. We'll not be paying 100 billion. What we've got to do is discuss in detail what the rights and obligations are. There were some disagreements.feedback

Marine Le Pen

I think I'm best placed to talk to this new world that's emerging, to talk to the Russia of Putin, to the United States of Trump, to talk to the Britain of (Prime Minister Theresa) May...to talk to the India of (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi. So, I feel much more in line with their political philosophy than with (German Chancellor Angela) Merkel's. It's true his comments were worthy of criticism but they were private comments – what's most important is the policies he implements. I don't think that he's implementing policies which aim to roll back the rights of women.feedback

Owen Jones

The former Sun editor’s ‘joke’ about Corbyn being knifed fits a pattern. Civilised Tories can’t be silent as far-right racism and smears pull the election to the gutter. Imagine a former Daily Mirror or Guardian editor joking about Theresa May being knifed to death as a cause for national celebration. There would be a national furore. It would be presented as a striking case of how hate-filled, vicious and sadistically intolerant the modern left is. Anyone vaguely on the left would come under immense pressure to immediately dissociate themselves from such a sickening outrage, or otherwise be tarred by association.feedback

Susanna Rustin

The environment secretary has made much of being a mother. So what will she do about the UK’s air pollution – so toxic, experts advise plastic covers on prams?Theresa May has never struck me as much of a joker. But was it with a secret snigger that she offered former banker Andrea Leadsom the cabinet seat of environment secretary last year? Leadsom, you will remember, sparked a short-lived but almighty row, and handed May the premiership, when she told an interviewer that she thought motherhood made her a stronger candidate for the Tory leadership.feedback

Lukman Otunuga

With Theresa May vowing on Tuesday that she will be a 'bloody difficult woman' in Brexit talks adding to anxiety, a rocky road filled with obstacles may lie ahead.feedback

George Monbiot

If Theresa May wins the election, she will be empowered to pulp all that real patriots know is precious and beautiful about this country. Conservatism takes three main forms. Inclusive conservatism seeks to protect objects of value for the benefit of everyone. These might include great urban vistas, or national parks, or wildlife, or works of art, or great institutions, such as the NHS and the BBC. This is the conservatism governments invoke when a nation goes to war.feedback

David Davis

Jeremy Corbyn's nonsensical and irresponsible ideas pose a grave risk to the future of Britain's economy and the finances of every family in the country. His many, ill-thought through promises simply don't stack up and could not be paid for. The damage this bombshell would do to the country's finances if Corbyn's coalition of chaos were given the keys to Downing Street would be disastrous. Only a vote for the strong and stable leadership of Theresa May on June 8 will lock in the economic progress we have made.feedback

Johan Van Overtveldt

The sooner the better because the real danger of the Brexit process is that it will go on, and on, and on, and there will come a moment where that will start impacting expectations whether it be investments, producers or consumers which is of course bad for the economy overall. It's very common in Belgian politics to say you only have an agreement when you have an agreement on everything, so in that sense Theresa May sounded very much like a Belgian politician, . If Europe focuses on how the pots in which olives are sold should be sized, then I think Europe is very wrong.feedback

Tim Farron

These reports blow a massive hole in the Conservative Party's arguments. Theresa May chose a divisive hard Brexit, with Labour's help, and now has no idea what to do next. This government has no plan and no clue and this shows it starkly.feedback

Tom Watson

We've heard a lot of talk about the qualities you need in a prime minister. Theresa May doesn't think that the ability to answer questions is one of them. But sometimes the most important question isn't what makes the best PM. It's who makes the best MP. It's a vote against the Conservative Party having a blank cheque to do whatever they damn well like. The landslide victory May demands will see the Tory party off to the races. The brakes will be off, he country will be out of control. Margaret Thatcher had the kind of majority Theresa May wants. She knew all about unfettered government.feedback

Ian Birrell

Despite the prime minister’s robotic pitch for votes, in reality a fragile majority would give Britain more power in Brussels. Shortly after Theresa May set out her timetable for Brexit she went for talks with some European counterparts. First stop was Copenhagen, where both sides were all smiles as they spoke about shared determination to achieve a “friendly divorce”. But behind the scenes the Danes were left stunned by the prime minister’s stance, for she refused to give any clues to where there might be ground for compromise between Britain and the European Union.feedback

Tom Watson

Boris Johnson is a caggy-handed, cheese-headed fopdoodle with a talent for slummocking about, who would do less damage to Britain's reputation in the world if Theresa May sacked him as Foreign Secretary and replaced him with a souvenir paperweight. When we require diplomacy, Boris sows discord. At a time when we need a serious-minded national representative to deal skilfully with some of the most complex problems our country faces, Johnson falls back on bluster and bombast.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

That stands in stark contrast to the Conservatives who are taking child tax credits and working tax credits away from many working families, making their lives harder. We know Theresa May wants a free hand to do whatever she wants. We've got to make sure that there's a check on the Tories, that there's strong opposition and strong voices for Scotland standing up for progressive policies like this one, and that in Scotland can only come from the SNP.feedback

Tim Farron

These reports have blown a massive hole in the Conservative party's arguments. It's clear this government has no clue and is taking the country towards a disastrous hard Brexit. Theresa May chose a divisive hard Brexit, with Labour's help, and now has no idea what to do next. This election offers us a chance to change the direction of our country, keep Britain in the single market and give the people the final say over what happens next.feedback

Matthew d'Ancona

Conservatives who want the prime minister to have a stronger hand in the Brexit negotiations must realise that she may use it against them. Welcome to the momma-cussing, rap-battling, “are you disrespecting my family” phase of the Brexit talks. Though the official negotiations have yet to begin, the insults are already flying. It cannot be long before a senior EU figure says of Theresa May: “Your mother was a hamster and your father smelled of elderberries.”.feedback

Vince Cable - Stansted Airport

There's a danger that if we don't find some way of working together what will happen [is] the Tories will massively increase their majority. You'll get a lot of right wing head-bangers coming in, you'll get more UKIP MPs, so you know we have to find some way of working together if there is an early election. At election voters can either back Theresa May and strengthen our negotiating hand for Brexit. Or risk the real threat of Jeremy Corbyn as Prime Minister in charge of our Brexit negotiations, weakening our economy and bringing grave uncertainty to our country.feedback

Paul Nuttall

It is a great honour and a privilege to stand for UKIP in Boston and Skegness. The constituency voted overwhelmingly for Leave inspired in part by the massive betrayal of our fishing industry by successive Governments, something that today's Conservative Party led by Theresa May looks set to repeat. I will make it my mission to stand up for the people of Boston and Skegness and ensure there is no backsliding on Brexit.feedback

David Gauke - Treasury

This report exposes how Jeremy Corbyn's sums don't add up and would leave a £10 billion black hole which we will all pay for. Leaving Jeremy Corbyn in charge of our economy is a risk families can't afford - his coalition of chaos would result in higher taxes, more debt, and more waste. The only way to secure our growing economy is with the strong and stable leadership of the Theresa May and the Conservatives.feedback

Andrew Turner

In the forthcoming election I will be supporting the Conservative candidate to ensure the strong and stable leadership of Theresa May is returned to Downing Street.feedback

Philip Hammond

Employment is at record highs and it is set to go higher still. The British economy is resilient and the choice facing the British people on June 8th is between five more years of strong stable government under Theresa May, that will lock that economic progress in and get the best possible Brexit deal for Britain, or a coalition of chaos under Jeremy Corbyn that will crash our economy again.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Theresa May is hiding from the public. She won't take part in TV debates and she won't talk to voters. Refusing to debate Labour in this election isn't a sign of strength, it's a sign of weakness. What is she afraid of? Voters deserve to know what political parties are offering. We are setting out our plans to rebuild and transform Britain.feedback

David Gauke - Treasury

Jeremy Corbyn's weak and floundering Labour Party have again shown what a risk they pose to our economy by blocking new measures to tackle tax avoidance and clamp-down on nom-dons using tax loopholes. Corbyn and his team claim to support our crackdown on tax dodging but are so chaotic that they stopped it from happening. It's shows they are either incompetent or hypocrites. Voters have a clear choice between the strong and stable leadership of Theresa May to lock in the economic progress we have made together, or fewer jobs and more debt under Jeremy Corbyn and his coalition of chaos.feedback

David Lamb

The assumption that Britain's June election will deliver a clear victory for Theresa May and place Brexit negotiations on a firmer footing has fundamentally shifted attitudes towards the pound.feedback

Mark Littlewood

I am pretty worried about the manifesto and I am also pretty worried about the Conservatives' track record in office. Just a couple of days ago we heard Theresa May saying 'we are the party of lower tax' – but that begs the question 'lower than what'. It might be lower than Jeremy Corbyn's levels of tax, but taxes have not gone down since 2010 in aggregate. So what sort of pledges will the Conservatives make to get the overall burden down? I doubt it – we are going to see the thinnest, most feeble manifesto full of vacuities – but that is a real problem.feedback

Todd Hannula

We didn't even know it was going to be Theresa May until five hours before she arrived.feedback

Andrew Gwynne

Theresa May is going to extraordinary lengths to blinker the British public and make this election about anything other than her record in government. The people of Leeds won't be fooled: the only party of working people is the Labour Party. Under the Tories, working people have picked up the bill while those at the top have received tens of billions of pounds of tax breaks. Wages have stagnated, public services have suffered huge cuts and our NHS is in crisis.feedback

Gina Miller

By calling this election (Theresa May is) going to put in her manifesto exactly what her approach to Brexit is going to be. She's going to show all of her hand. If the only deals on the table are a bad deal or a no deal, that's not a real choice. That is the only way that MPs get a meaningful vote.feedback

Jo Yurkey

Theresa May has failed to honour her party's previous promise to protect pupil funding, so parents will be watching very closely to see what promises are made and, more importantly, what promises are kept.feedback

Boris Johnson

The biggest risk with Jeremy Corbyn is that people just don't get what a threat he really is. They watch his meandering and nonsensical questions and they feel a terrible twinge of human compassion. Well, they say to themselves: he may be a mutton-headed old mugwump, but he is probably harmless. It is absolutely vital for Britain's security that we have the strong, stable and decisive leadership of Theresa May. Where is Corbyn on any of these issues? He seems to have no grasp of the need for this country to be strong in the world.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

By refusing to debate, Theresa May expects to get the job without an interview. No one else gets a job without one, so why should she?feedback

David Cameron

Let me be optimistic. It's very good that we are having this election, because I think if Theresa May is successful, she'll actually have a larger majority and, potentially, more time to deal with Brexit and its consequences. The Conservative party having accepted the referendum result and got on with the process and responsibly delivering it, is probably the most healthy mainstream political party anywhere in western Europe. It would be seen, could be seen, as labelling whole countries as extreme and dangerous because they were predominately Islamic.feedback

Andrew Gwynne

At today's prime minister's questions, Theresa May talked about the triple lock like it's a thing of the past and, under the Conservatives, it risks being consigned to history.feedback

Philip Dunne

A strong NHS needs a strong economy. Only Theresa May and the Conservatives offer the strong and stable leadership we need to secure our growing economy and with it funding for the NHS and its dedicated staff. We've protected and increased the NHS budget and got thousands more staff in hospitals. But all that's at risk with Jeremy Corbyn's nonsensical economic policies that would mean less money for the NHS. Just look at Wales where Labour's economic mismanagement mean they had to cut funding.feedback

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

Andrew Tyrie

I particularly want to thank my colleagues and the staff on the Treasury Committee who have worked with me to drive these changes forward. I am confident that Theresa May will lead the Conservative Party to a decisive victory at the General Election, and will continue to give the country the strong and effective leadership that she has already shown as Prime Minister. I remain deeply committed to public service. I am determined, and hopefully young enough, to contribute in other ways in the years ahead.feedback

Tom Costley

The changing economic outlook in Scotland, particularly in relation to the oil industry, may also have led to voters reassessing independence. Moreover, with (British Prime Minister) Theresa May calling a General Election for 8th June, there is the potential for election fatigue with the prospect of an extended referendum campaign too much for the Scottish electorate.feedback

Michael Fallon

Jeremy Corbyn made it absolutely clear that he is still against the deterrent, and he was then corrected by his own party. So we had chaos from Labour last night, which doubles the security risk to this country when you have somebody standing to be prime minister who his own party is then having to correct. And you are left completely unsure as to what would actually happen to our nuclear deterrent. This is somebody who would certainly put the security of our country at risk. And if you want stronger and stable leadership then it has to be Theresa May and the Conservatives.feedback

Amanda Milling

Let this sink in: Jeremy Corbyn has been endorsed today by a party who want to close down businesses, leave the protection of Nato and hike up taxes to a level never seen before in this country. At this election every vote is going to count. Unless people get out there and vote for Theresa May and their local Conservative candidate, this man will be our Prime Minister in a little over 6 weeks – propped up by the Lib Dems and SNP in a coalition of chaos.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

Patrick McLoughlin

The fascinating thing about Theresa May is that, of course, she started her political career off as a councillor.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

Patrick McLoughlin

There are decisions which prime ministers have to take and those people in authority have to take (which) are sometimes very uncomfortable. If they don't take them, we're at danger ... I know that with Theresa May, she would take them. I'm not sure that Jeremy Corbyn would. The man is not suitable to become prime minister of this country. He has been a rebel without a cause in the Labour Party.feedback

Andrew Rawnsley

They should make the issue not who should be prime minister, but whether the Tories can be trusted with a landslide. Election time and the fibbin’ is easy. The first fat and juicy one came from Theresa May when she stood outside Number 10 and declared that it was the “national interest” that compelled her to trigger the snap election that she had many times sworn that she would not call because an early poll was not in the “national interest”.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

But where Theresa May divides, Labour will unite our four nations. A Labour government will make St George's Day - England's national day and Shakespeare's birthday - a public holiday, along with St David's Day, St Andrew's Day and St Patrick's Day. But they will also be a chance to celebrate the national cultures of our proud nations in our diversity and mutual respect. The next Labour government will give workers the break they deserve and bring our country closer together.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

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

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

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

Kate Osamor

Bill Gates is right to point out that cutting the UK international development budget could cost lives. Theresa May must not step away from our commitment to foreign aid. She talks about a Global Britain but she seems keener to turn us into a Little England.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

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

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

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

Theresa May

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

Leanne Wood

Theresa May should be 'empty-chaired' if she doesn't show up to any planned TV debates.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

Paul Mason

The opposition parties must work to ensure a vote for the best-placed anti-Tory candidate. Nationalists, xenophobes and privateers are not a majority in Britain. Theresa May is about to find out that turkeys do not vote for Christmas. More precisely, when confronted with someone in a butcher’s apron and a sharpened knife, turkeys are not apt to give a mandate for that person to organise an “unspecified meal-type experience”.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

Andrew Bridgen

Winning an increase majority will give Theresa May a stronger mandate with the EU. A new Tory manifesto is needed to face the challenges of a new post Brexit Britain. It allows her a three year bedding of the terms of Britain's exit.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

This announcement is one of the most extraordinary U-turns in recent political history, and it shows that Theresa May is once again putting the interests of her party ahead of those of the country. She is clearly betting that the Tories can win a bigger majority in England given the utter disarray in the Labour Party. 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

Ruth Davidson

And with Jeremy Corbyn having already said he is 'absolutely fine' with an immediate referendum, we also know that Labour can't be relied to stand up to them. By contrast, the Scottish Conservatives have the strength right across Scotland to stand up for people who oppose the SNP's plans. The choice is simple: it's between a strong government led by Theresa May working to get the best Brexit deal, or a weak Labour government, led by Jeremy Corbyn, which cannot stand up to the SNP.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

Paul Mason

Yes please, Theresa May: call an election now so majority who do not want hard Brexit can stop it. Labour: Progressive Alliance now!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

Paul Hollingsworth - Capital Economics

This election is probably going to be fairly certain compared with previous general elections - it is just a case of by what margin the Conservative government increases its majority rather than whether it is going to be a hung parliament. It is pretty clear cut. If it does then allow Theresa May to have a stronger mandate, it will allow her to push ahead with the Brexit agenda a bit more easily. So that might reduce a little bit of uncertainty over the next couple of years as there is more chance of that getting past unimpeded.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

Jonathan Freedland

The odds have never been so favourable for a prime minister who needs a firm mandate to push through her hard-Brexit vision. The standard way of describing a move such as the one Theresa May made on Tuesday morning is to call it a “gamble”. A prime minister with a Commons majority and three years left to run on her parliamentary term does not throw that away without risk. In that sense, May has gambled – but as gambles go, it’s about the surest bet any politician could ever place.feedback

Jess Phillips

I'm still a bit in shock. I think that Theresa May has lied to the country again and again – and she is being opportunistic. I think it is rubbish what she is saying about a country divided – she obviously doesn't live round where I live. People just want to get on with their lives.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

Theo Bertram

To beat Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn must stop being so feeble. Having worked with Blair, I know how Labour can muster some attacking competence. In the past few weeks there have been some welcome signs of basic competence creeping back into the Labour operation. Three meaty policy announcements (on free school meals for all, increasing the minimum wage, and tackling late payments for small businesses) were decently prepared and served. This is a significant improvement on Labour’s announcement in January of a maximum wage cap: a policy that Jeremy Corbyn, in the middle of an interview about something else, appeared to spit out like an unexpected piece of gristle that he then tried to hide beneath his napkin.feedback

Carys Roberts

Although Theresa May agrees that 'advancement in today's Britain is still too often determined by wealth or circumstance, by an accident of birth, rather than talent, and by privilege not merit', one of the key routes into top jobs – internships – is closed off to many.feedback

Angela Rayner

In excluding the poorest children from the definition of ‘ordinary working families’, ministers are being as selective with the facts as they plan to be with schools. Anyone listening to the pronouncements of government ministers lately will have heard three words: “ordinary working families”. These are the people Theresa May would have you believe her government is all about. I can see why she made it a slogan. It certainly sounds a lot better than “tax cuts for the rich, cutbacks for the rest”, or any other description of the Tories’ actual policies in government.feedback

Manuel Hassassian

The Balfour declaration, 100 years ago, was devastating for our people. Yet Theresa May says she will be marking its anniversary ‘with pride’During his recent visit to Ramallah, Boris Johnson re-emphasised Britain’s long-standing support for the two-state solution and its position that illegal Israeli settlements are an obstacle to peace. Last December Britain also supported UN security council resolution 2334, which reiterated the illegality of settlements.feedback

Frances O'Grady

Pay packets are taking a hammering from rising inflation and falling wage growth. We now need urgent action to stop another living standards crisis. Working people will want to know when Theresa May is going to do something to help. We need more investment in skills and infrastructure to build strong foundations for better paid jobs. And it's time to scrap the pay restrictions hitting midwives, teachers and other public servants.feedback

John McDonnell

Theresa May promised to be a champion of working people; she has failed. The Tories are taking the country backwards; Labour will stand up for working families, making them £2,500 a year better off in 2020. Only Labour will take the action needed to end the Tories' economic failure and introduce a real living wage of £10 an hour by 2020.feedback

Alex Salmond

Even Margaret Thatcher, for goodness' sake, was prepared to acknowledge the right of the Scottish people to exercise self determination. Self determination delayed, like justice, is self determination denied and it just won't stand politically. My prediction is that the Theresa May position will crumble over time. It's a significant moment. There's been a sea change in attitudes towards Scotland.feedback

Alex Salmond

The Theresa May line - this is not the time or now is not the time - is not going to stand. Back in the day, I remember David Cameron telling me there wasn't going to be a Scottish referendum but that didn't last against the democratic wishes of the Scottish people and the Scottish Parliament and neither will the Theresa May line. It won't necessarily crumble today or tomorrow or next week but over the next few months that line will crumble because no British prime minister can stand against the democratic wishes.feedback

Phillip Blond - ResPublica

David Cameron came into office with a new social vision of Conservatism and promptly sacrificed it on the altar of austerity. It is vital Theresa May does not let her one-nation Conservatism experience a similar sacrifice at the behest of Brexit. The trouble with Brexit is that those who voted against the EU as a proxy for globalisation and its general destruction of working-class security, risk finding May's 'global Britain' to be far, far worse for them.feedback

Torsten Bell

The living standards outlook is bleak and risks giving us the inequality rises of the 1980s, without the feelgood factor of rising incomes. But it can and should change. After all, Theresa May knows her record will be judged as much on the Britain she builds as the Brexit she delivers.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

Having written to Theresa May on the back of the Scottish Parliamentary vote, I've said some time after the Easter recess I will set out what I consider the next steps to be, but I will set that out to parliament. These are not the kinds of things I am thinking of. I was elected as First Minister just less than a year ago. I've got a responsibility to lead this country. But I also think it's right that Scotland doesn't have our future direction as a country imposed on us, but that we get to choose that.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

I'm absolutely clear that the position of Theresa May, I just don't think is politically sustainable. If the Scottish parliament is of the opinion, as it is because it has voted in this way, that Scotland should be given a choice, not now, but when the time is right, when there is clarity about Brexit and when obviously there is clarity also about independence, that we should have a choice about our future.feedback

Tim Farron

When Assad first used chemical weapons I didn’t vote to punish him, and I regret that. It’s up to Theresa May now to kickstart the diplomatic process. I am in no doubt that what will end the war in Syria is what ultimately ends every conflict: words and diplomacy, not weapons. But when diplomacy fails and civilians suffer, as they have been doing for many years in Syria, and when they are the victim of weapons that have been outlawed by the international community for their horrific and indiscriminate consequences, then we cannot shy away from proportionate military intervention.feedback

Anna Heslop

Car manufacturers have consistently failed to hit air pollution limits for diesel cars – it is about time prime minister Theresa May put the interests of people's health above the interests of the car industry.feedback

Vince Cable - Stansted Airport

The government is ardently pursuing bilateral deals with the subcontinent and other non-EU countries – but why not just do business with our neighbours?I still recall the stinging rebuffs I received as a teenager pursuing some beautiful young woman with whom I was besotted: “Can’t you take a hint?” The British government is similarly failing to take the hint that the Indian authorities are not going to succumb to ardent wooing for a bilateral trade deal. A few months ago Theresa May was despatched from Delhi in a rather humiliating manner, and either the message has not yet reached the Treasury or the PM wants to see her chancellor sent packing in a similar way.feedback

Owen Jones

Not just content to lead us out of the EU, Theresa May is also bringing us closer to Saudi Arabia, despite the terror and suffering it inflicts. Does “Brexit mean Brexit”, or does “Brexit means Britain should cosy up even more to murderous human rights abusers?” Our government is already a serial cheerleader of gruesome regimes: now a grubby arms dealer at their service, too. But as Theresa May prostrates Britain before her head-chopping friends in Saudi Arabia, her strategy is clear. Abandoning the vast single market across the Channel doesn’t just mean reducing Britain to the status of lapdog to the woman-groping Muslim-bashing demagogue across the Atlantic. It means an ever-closer relationship to regimes which inflict suffering on people inside and outside their own borders.feedback

Tim Farron

Blair's speech shows how badly Corbyn's Labour has failed as an opposition. Labour have waved the white flag and given Theresa May a blank cheque for a divisive, hard Brexit.feedback

Alison Thewliss

When Theresa May stood on the steps of Downing Street last year, she said that her new government would strive to help the 'just about managing' in society. It appears that this was just empty rhetoric. Just about managing families don't need warm words, they need action from the UK government to tackle low pay and child poverty. On Thursday, Theresa May will whip away vital child tax credit payments with a two-child policy that is tantamount to social engineering. The government say this is about cutting welfare, but the reality is that two-thirds of those affected are already in work.feedback

Observer editorial

Now our isolation from Europe is clear, Brexiters turn on the ‘enemies within’What a jolly week for the hard Tory Brexiters! After nine months of whingeing and bellyaching that Remain fifth columnists were conspiring to rob them of their referendum prize, the glorious day finally dawned. Theresa May stood up in the House of Commons and formally declared the UK was quitting the European Union. A lot of rhetoric followed about how Britain remained inseparably European, how we share our EU partners’ values, and how, like an unfaithful husband walking out the door, we want to keep a “deep and special” relationship.feedback

Sonia Sodha

The left must learn that moral outrage will never win an argument. It took but a quick click, but even as I joined the collective expression of disgust on social media at last week’s Daily Mail “Legs-it” front page I felt a bit sheepish. Not because juxtaposing a headline that posed the question of who had better legs next to a photo of Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon wasn’t deeply sexist, but because it was a futile gesture, and I knew it.feedback

Gianni Pittella

It would be outrageous to play with people's lives in these negotiations. This has not been a good start by Theresa May. It feels like blackmail, but security is a good for all our citizens and not a bargaining chip. We still hope that Theresa May can get back on the right track … This was not a smart move.feedback

Donald Tusk - European Council

After the terrorist attack in London it must be clear that terrorism is our common problem and security is our common problem. I know Theresa May well enough I know her approach to this issue, this is why I rule out this kind of interoperation and speculation that security cooperation is used as a bargaining chip. It must be a misunderstanding. Our partner are wise and decent partners. And this is why I am absolutely sure that no one is using security cooperation as a bargaining chip.feedback

Hussein Kesvani

The aggressive tone of the article 50 letter shows the UK has not yet realised the weakness of its position in the Brexit negotiations. Sitting in Downing Street, a carefully placed union flag draped in the background, Theresa May signed article 50, beginning the process of officially leaving the European Union. With a £400, one-of-a-kind Parker pen, and under the gaze of Britain’s greatest politician – Sir Robert Walpole – the prime minister posed for an image beamed out to the world’s media. A brief piece of daytime theatre, designed to assure the public that not only would things be fine, but that this would be a return to a bygone age of imperial Britain.feedback

Tim Farron

It is shameful that Theresa May has threatened to withdraw security cooperation from our closest neighbors and allies.feedback

David Cameron

I made a promise to hold a referendum, I think it was the right thing to do. We held the referendum and, of course, the result is not the result that I sought. But it was a decisive result and that's why today Theresa May quite rightly is taking the next step to ensuring the people's will is followed through. I hope we will be out of the European Union, but we will take part in security cooperation and other forms of cooperation to recognise that while we are leaving the European Union, we are not leaving Europe, we are not giving up on European values.feedback

Donald Tusk - European Council

So here it is, six pages. The notification from prime minister Theresa May triggering article 50 and formally starting the negotiations of the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union. There is no need to pretend that this is a happy day, neither in Brussels nor in London. After all most Europeans, including almost half the British voters, wish that we would stay together, not drift apart. As for me, I will not pretend I am happy.feedback

Allister Heath

The EU is on the verge of the abyss. We need to leave quickly. But it is clear that Theresa May has a winning hand.feedback

Rehana Azam

Public sector workers desperately need a real pay rise, not the miserly and cruel decision being imposed on them by the government. Dedicated professionals are hurting and the quality of services is deteriorating for everyone else. Theresa May talks about helping those who are 'just about managing', but it's clear that she doesn't include over 5 million public sector workers. Imposing a 1% settlement is an insult to our selfless NHS staff and other public sector workers who keep us safe day in, day out.feedback

Gianni Pittella

We have heard that Theresa May is considering a cut-off date as the notification date. We completely disagree on this and we believe that the British citizens and those from the other 27 states are EU citizens until the day of the divorce. During this period the UK is a member state with full rights and obligations. It cannot be right that someone signing a work contract in the UK on Tuesday has more rights than someone signing a contract on Thursday.feedback

Gianni Pittella

We will not allow Theresa May to deliver a hard Brexit for EU citizens. If we don't insist on the rights of workers in the UK, then I am afraid the UK's health service will collapse, given the number of EU nationals who are working as nurses. So there is a common interest here.feedback

Owen Jones

The paper’s leering front page featuring Nicola Sturgeon and Theresa May is part of a wider attack on liberal values. We must be prepared to fight back. Perhaps the Daily Mail should be sued for damaging people’s health? Across the nation, millions have cringed so hard at its audaciously sexist front page that they’ve strained their face muscles, or given themselves a migraine from slamming their heads repeatedly against the nearest wall.feedback

Polly Toynbee

Reality bites from this week: the reckless charge out of Europe has begun. But at last Labour, thanks to Keir Starmer, is fighting back. Off we go, headlong downhill, off piste, our Eddie the Eagle Brexit negotiators tumbling down towards a great crevasse. Far from “taking back control”, as Theresa May sends off our suicide letter on Wednesday, we will abandon all control as we place ourselves at the mercy of the goodwill or otherwise of each of the EU 27.feedback

Jules Howard

Teaching evolution from a young age can remind us of who we really are, where we come from and help a belief in universal human values flourish. It seemed slightly ghoulish seeing her hanging there, in a school. A framed portrait of Theresa May, looking down on the children in the school hall, watching over them Just About Managing not to shuffle their bottoms or pick their noses. At the time I thought it would be a one-off, but I have since seen her hanging in a few schools during my travels. Often she’s next to a big display emblazoned British Values – which is, as of 2014, a topic all schools must talk about with their pupils.feedback

Tim Farron

Just weeks ago, Labour MPs voted against membership of the single market and to give Theresa May a blank cheque for a hard Brexit.feedback

Tim Farron

We are here to show solidarity and respect for those who voted leave. We do not believe they wanted this. [Theresa May] does not speak for 52%, she barely speaks for 5%. We are not giving up this week of all weeks. We here are as testament that we refuse to despair. Britain can be better than this.feedback

Mark Rowley

It is still our belief – which continues to be borne out by our investigation – that this attacker acted alone yesterday and was inspired by international terrorism. To be explicit, at this stage, we have no specific information about further threats to the public. Spoke to U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May today to offer condolences on the terrorist attack in London. She is strong and doing very well.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

She [Theresa May] was clearly elected on a pledge not to cut school funding and that's exactly what is happening.feedback

Peter Rosenstreich

In our view the event of Theresa May triggering Article 50 will have a limited effect on GBP.feedback

John Curtice

Many remain voters would like to see an end to the less popular parts of Britain's current membership of the EU, while many leave voters would like to retain the seemingly more desirable parts, such as free trade, cheap mobile phone calls and clean beaches. It also means that they are also the group that are most likely to be disappointed if they were to come to the conclusion that the government has failed to achieve that objective. Theresa May could be faced with political difficulties at home if she struggles to achieve her key objectives in Brussels.feedback

Naeem Aslam - AvaTrade

The country is divided and this is the biggest task that currently rests in her hands. Theresa May is going to start touring the UK in an attempt to bring the country together and create more support for Article 50.feedback

Tim Farron

The Conservative party has been taken over by its own version of Momentum. May's Momentum, the hard Brexiteers. The anti-free trade protectionists. The shrink-the-state extremists. The anti-immigrant, anti-refugee, anti-international aid zealots. It's their party now, and it's hard to be sure whether Theresa May is their leader or their captive.feedback

Tim Farron

You are now the supporters of a government that is as anti-business as Jeremy Corbyn. You are now the cheerleaders of a government that is as anti-refugees as Nigel Farage. Theresa May has put at risk the very people who have bankrolled her party's success for years, and she didn't have to. So business should drop the Conservative party like a hot brick. We can gain the seats to rob the Tories of their power to wreck Britain, and by doing so we can change the course of our country.feedback

Janet Davies

The Government risks turning off the supply of qualified nurses from around the world at the very moment the health service is in a staffing crisis like never before. As she pulls the trigger to begin negotiations, Theresa May must tell EU nurses and other occupations that they are needed and welcome in the NHS. It would not survive without their contribution. Sadly, it is no surprise that EU staff are leaving – they have been offered no security or reassurance that they will be able to keep their jobs. Few are able to live with such uncertainty.feedback

Michael Russell

I do not know Theresa May as well as I know Nicola. But I have no doubt Nicola not only has the shrewdest but also the cleverest mind. And she is good at taking people with her.feedback

John Young

Because of the referendum, the elections will be about independence again. Every time Theresa May speaks, it is worth a 100 votes to the SNP.feedback

William Thomson - Livingston

They've got a mandate just to go for independence. Theresa May cannot say that we haven't. Theresa May is being dogmatic, saying you're only a wee country and can just be ignored. I run a company [supplying restaurants and clubs] and with Brexit we are going to lose £200,000. The Brexit thing plus Theresa May knocking back Scotland is really not on. The Scottish people should get the choice.feedback

Angus Robertson

The Tories argument is not about process, it's about their desperate desire to prevent anyone having the chance to reject the hard-right Brexit that they are so wedded to. The truth is it should not be for either Theresa May or the Scottish Government to decide Scotland's future, that choice belongs to the Parliament and the people of Scotland. And it is one this party will never, ever shy away from. We can not drift along for the next two years and hope for the best.feedback

Angus Robertson

Well let me absolutely clear to Theresa May: you are not going to get away with it.feedback

Alexander Kneepkens

Theresa May seems likely to be facing a more confident EU instead of one careening towards Nexit and Frexit when she triggers Article 50 in coming days.feedback

Lesley Riddoch

With few economic downsides so far, many Scots hoped they could ignore the Brexit process. The battle over a second referendum will make that impossible. What’s a year or two between friends? Quite a lot, it seems – and even longer between sworn political enemies. Theresa May got her own back on the first minister of Scotland by refusing her request for a second independence referendum before Brexit negotiations are complete. That position sounds kinda reasonable – until you think it through.feedback

Humza Yousaf

If Theresa May thinks we will shut up and eat our cereal she should think again.feedback

Martin Kettle

From Brexit to Scotland, the prime minister has become one of modern politics’ greatest risk-takers. It could mean the end of the UK. When the horses line up for the Cheltenham Gold Cup this afternoon, it would be astonishing to learn that Theresa May had her feet up and was watching the race on television. Still less that she had put a pot of her money on a well-priced outsider.feedback

Donald Tusk - European Council

A 'no-deal scenario' would be bad for everyone, but above all for the UK. The claims, increasingly taking the form of threats, that no agreement will be good for the UK, and bad for the EU, need to be addressed. I want to be clear that a 'no-deal scenario' would be bad for everyone, but above all for the UK, because it would leave a number of issues unresolved. We will not be intimidated by threats, and I can assure you they simply will not work. Our goal is to have a smooth divorce and a good framework for the future. And it is good to know that Prime Minister Theresa May shares this view.feedback

Angus Robertson

If the UK Government genuinely believes in a United Kingdom (it must) take the needs, interests, concerns of the different parts of the UK seriously. The Tories are boxing themselves into a very dangerous corner. For a party that claims to be a unionist party they are making it very difficult for people in Scotland, who are not traditionally SNP voters, to look to the future of a Tory-run Britain and accepting that as our best way forward.feedback

Ellie Mae O'Hagan

In my heart, I long for Wales to leave the UK. While the economics doesn’t add up, we urgently need to follow Scotland in discussing our future as a nation. Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement on Monday that she plans to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence was inevitable after Theresa May refused to discuss full Scottish access to the single market and threatened to restrict new powers for Scotland after Brexit. Downing Street, having decided the British people have had quite enough democracy for the time being, countered that “another referendum would be divisive and cause huge economic uncertainty at the worst possible time”.feedback

Naeem Aslam - AvaTrade

Sterling has dropped like a rock. Traders have finally woken up to the reality and we highlighted this in our article on March 2. What we said was that if Theresa May triggers the article 50 as per plan, it will have negative impact on the currency. The reason is that this spells only one thing for investors that she is heading towards hard Brexit negotiations with an attitude that she has nothing to lose. The biggest fear on the street is what will her EU partners will say and how they are going to treat this matter given that Brexit is about to become a reality.feedback

Polly Toynbee

The future seems bleak but with EU negotiations and a great reform bill still to come, there are many pitfalls for a reckless prime minister. That’s it; the way is clear for Theresa May to plunge the country into a self-destructive journey into thickets of the unknown. This will be her legacy, her hand the one that risked breaking the economy and breaking the United Kingdom too.feedback

Ken Wharfe

In today's environment, it becomes a serious security matter when documents like this detailing the hourly movements of a protected person are misplaced. That's just not acceptable. Theresa May is given this protection because she is a target and so, of course, this is a serious security risk. These papers give a detailed -assessment of her movements. Had such information reached potential terrorists it could serve to confirm their plans. But also, importantly, it would highlight the lapse and suggest to those with such terrorist intentions the weakness surrounding their potential target.feedback

David Quarrey

We're seeing trading bilateral relationships between the UK and Israel, in science and trade for example, doing better than ever. But there's the potential to do even better, particularly in the context of Brexit. I was with Theresa May and Benjamin Netanyahu in London and it was clear there was the determination for this. Most businesspeople in Israel look at the UK as a great place to do business, because of its culture, language, and the predictability of the regulatory and tax systems.feedback

Andrew Hawkins

The perception of a manifesto commitment breach has tarnished the reputations of both the Chancellor and Prime Minister, and undermined voter trust in the Conservative Party. More seriously, perhaps, it has alienated many voters to whom Theresa May appealed because she had more of the common touch than her predecessor did.feedback

Jonathan Freedland

The triggering of Article 50 will kickstart negotiations of mindbending complexity. Brexiteers should drop the hubris and get to work. In the coming days, perhaps as soon as Wednesday, Brexit will turn from abstract to concrete. A near-theological argument that raged in one form or another for nearly three decades will become hard and material, with a fixed deadline. Theresa May is about to trigger article 50, starting the clock on a two-year journey towards the exit from the European Union. And yet those in charge of this fateful, epochal process – and especially those who most loudly demanded it happen – seem utterly unprepared for it.feedback

Tim Farron

Theresa May humiliated herself and embarrassed Britain by begging Donald Trump for a trade deal.feedback

Harriet Harman

The 3 million EU citizens living in this country make an important contribution. I urge Theresa May not to try to overturn their right to remain. During the debate on the government’s bill to trigger article 50 of the Lisbon treaty, it quickly became clear that the residence rights of EU and EEA citizens in the UK would be one of the most significant subjects that would occupy both the House of Commons and the House of Lords.feedback

Jim Sillars

The SNP would look very silly, having chuntered on all the time while the negotiations are taking place, if Theresa May turns round and says 'we've got a tariff-free deal.feedback

Wendy Moffatt

It is interesting that Theresa May has had the guts to raise the grammar agenda but I wish she would come and talk to us about the reality. If you believe in grammars and a grammar education and if you are aware of what schools like mine are doing you would make sure they are viable, I wish they would wake up and see that.feedback

Alison McGovern

Given the overwhelming support for the Dubs refugee children, and the public's disgust at the Government slamming the door shut, it is vital that Theresa May listens to Tory rebels and re-opens the scheme. We will keep bringing this back to the Commons until she does so.feedback

Gavin Shuker

It's pretty vital for Luton. It's the assurances we can't give that are the tricky ones. It's with Boris Johnson and Theresa May – that's where this story goes next.feedback

Gerry Adams - Sinn Fein

We are very clear about our view that if recent statements by James Brokenshire and Theresa May are to be taken at face value then the British government is going to make all the mistakes that it made in the past.feedback

Giles Tremlett

The government seems to be in no hurry to remove us from the limbo we’ve been in ever since the Brexit vote. Theresa May cares about me and a million more people like me – British citizens who, before Brexit, chose to make their lives in Europe. There are, however, only two reasons why I know this. One is that the prime minister has repeatedly said so. The other is that three million Europeans who live in the United Kingdom are being held ransom on my behalf, forced to endure the stress and chronic uncertainty inflicted on those “displaced” by the new wall being erected in Europe.feedback

Arlene Foster

I think it's very clear that was absolutely not about RHI. It may have been the excuse but it certainly wasn't the cause of the election. The cause of the election was Sinn Fein and republicanism wanting to rerun the election, they have mobilised their vote in a very effective way. I am pleased that the DUP has come out as the largest party in terms of votes. It is very clear in terms of unionism that it is the Democratic Unionist Party that speaks for unionism.feedback

David Wrigley - British Medical Association

Patients are not getting the care they deserve. We are a country that can afford the funding that is required. I guess it is also a wakeup call for Theresa May and the chancellor ... we demand they fund the NHS adequately. If the budget does not bring about any further funding increase, there would be uproar.feedback

Gianni Pittella

Theresa May is a bull in a China shop. She likes playing the role of the hardliner, but she's just coming across as fully inadequate to live up to this incredibly delicate historical phase. Without an agreement on this and other crucial issues, talks on future relationships between the EU and UK cannot start. Madame May is fully aware of this, but she's still fooling herself that the EU can be impressed by her bullying attitude.feedback

Gina Miller

There is real danger in this process of Brexit that we don't have scrutiny, that it will actually empower Mrs. (Theresa) May and the executive, rather than parliament if this goes ahead; because they'll be making momentous decisions with a handful of people rather than parliament. (In the end) it's going to be about the negotiated package. We're going to leave but nobody actually knows what's going to happen in Europe – much less in Britain in 18 months' time.feedback

Polly Toynbee

The peers debate was a terrible augury for how Theresa May intends to conduct these negotiations. It looks like things can only get worse. Here’s the Daily Mail’s comment the morning after: “In an act of betrayal and dishonesty, the House of Cronies, Dodgy Donors and Has-Beens voted last night by 358 to 256 to amend the Brexit Bill.”.feedback

Roland Mouret

I think our prime minister (Theresa May) is someone who is ready to listen.feedback

Juri Ratas

We must be strong ourselves; we must have good relations between the European Union and United States. Today we know that (U.K.) Prime Minister Theresa May (has been in) Washington, we know that a lot of leaders had phone calls (with) President Trump… and I think these are very, very good marks and very good signs.feedback

Colin Pilling

One of the main things I would say to her (Theresa May) is: look after your British expatriate communities and also our counterparts in the United Kingdom. If we lose all the bilateral agreements, then pensions, healthcare and all the other ancillary ways of living here. And that is one of the major things that is worrying us.feedback

Joseph Muscat

I understand that Theresa May would want to position herself in that way at the start of negotiations; when you're negotiating you definitely have to convey the message that it is not a do or die sort of negotiation.feedback

Ben Hodges

I don't see, and I have not heard, anything that would lead me to think that this could be curtailed. Our president has spoken with Prime Minister (Theresa) May, Chancellor (Angela) Merkel and President (Francois) Hollande and what I have heard is the affirmation of the importance of NATO and the United States commitment to NATO.feedback

Heidi Allen

Strong leadership means not being afraid to tell someone powerful when they're wrong. It's an ethos this country is proud of, Theresa May. I don't care how special the relationship is, some lines just shouldn't be crossed.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

President Trump's executive order against refugees and Muslims should shock and appal us all. Theresa May should have stood up for Britain and our values by condemning his actions. It should sadden our country that she chose not to. After Trump's hideous actions and May's weak failure to condemn them, it's more important than ever for us to say to refugees seeking a place of safety, that they will always be welcome in Britain.feedback

Jane Foley - Rabobank International

I think the dollar is already coming off its post-Trump honeymoon period. What could potentially give the dollar bulls a little bit more of headway is if he were to bring out some more detail about his policies, what is he going to do about fiscal stimulus, how is he going to lower corporate tax. (U.K. Prime Minister) Theresa May, I think, has been advertising what a busy schedule she's got. But of course, the negotiations for Brexit are yet to commence with European partners. So, I think once Brexit is triggered … we've got a volatile year ahead really.feedback

Victoria Honeyman

Obama has been a more Asia-Pacific-focused president, so this is a return – at least in rhetoric – to the good old days of the U.S.-U.K. special relationship. But it's very difficult to know exactly what Theresa May is going to get out of this other than warm words.feedback

Volker Treier

Now there is doubt about whether (British Prime Minister Theresa May) can hold her course. There are new question marks over the path to Brexit.feedback

Robert Halver - Baader Bank

Share prices will be more volatile, on the basis of daily 140-letter tweets with significant content. What's interesting is the possibility of new trade agreements, for example with Britain, as Theresa May will be in the US in the next days and she'll be the first leader to see Mr Trump personally.feedback

Sean Spicer

The president will welcome his first foreign leader this Thursday when the United Kingdom's Theresa May will come to Washington on Friday.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

A whole range of leaders of countries which are US allies openly campaigned for Hillary Clinton. Angela Merkel was actively doing that as well as François Hollande, Theresa May and other leaders of European states. Moreover, besides direct campaigning for Hillary Clinton, official representatives of the European countries were not shy to demonise Donald Trump.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Theresa May has made clear that she is determined to use Brexit to turn Britain into a bargain basement tax haven on the shores of Europe. She makes out this is a negotiating threat to the 27 EU countries but it's actually a threat to the British people's jobs, services and living standards.feedback

John Studzinski - The Blackstone Group

Theresa May is a very thoughtful, structured, disciplined leader. The press is trying to create this image that she is approaching Brexit like she doesn't know how to negotiate.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

The hints about what (Theresa May) she is likely to say and the comments of Phillip Hammond in the German newspaper are deeply troubling. What he is describing is a race to the bottom – a sort of bargain basement economy where the UK government will try to attract business to the UK by offering lower taxes, lower wages, less regulation in terms of workers rights.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We're going to work very hard to get it done quickly and done properly. Good for both sides. I will be meeting with [British Prime Minister Theresa May]. She's requesting a meeting and we'll have a meeting right after I get into the White House and it'll be, I think we're going to get something done very quickly.feedback

Richard Cochinos - Citi

Broadly, the market has not had sterling and Brexit and Theresa May in its mind for the last two months - it's been driven by Trump and Treasuries, and more the U.S. drivers. And now for two weeks in a row we've had news on May ... really bring that to the forefront again.feedback

Tony Geary

I think it could happen a little bit quicker. Theresa May now needs to sort of get her finger on the button and make sure everything is in place so by the end of this financial year she is in a position to make things happen.feedback

Jane Foley - Rabobank International

It���s clear that sterling is still very vulnerable to 'hard' Brexit fears. The uncertainty is itself also a negative factor, and I think perhaps that���s one of the reasons for Theresa May���s speech on Tuesday, to provide a little bit of clarification.feedback

Richard Mylles

Theresa May is in a deceptively weak position when it comes to Brexit. Fundamentally she has a very small majority. In our view, we're heading towards WTO rules in the most likely scenario unfortunately.feedback

Jordan Rochester

Political speeches come and go throughout the year with most having a very limited effect on markets. But when it comes to Brexit and a speech from Theresa May, the impact can be marked.feedback

Martin McGuinness

Sinn Fein will not tolerate the arrogance of Arlene Foster and the DUP (Democratic Unionist Party). We now need an election to allow the people to make their own judgment.feedback

Martin McGuinness

Over this period of the elections, both the British government and the DUP (Democratic Unionist Party) in my opinion have grievously undermined the institutions and have eroded public confidence. So we in Sinn Fein will not tolerate the arrogance of Arlene Foster (First Minister of Northern Ireland) and the DUP.feedback

Jordan Rochester

This doesn't necessarily mean that a BoE mandate change is on the way anytime soon but it does tie in with the theme Theresa May outlined in her Conservative conference speech.feedback

Guntram Wolff - Bruegel

Obviously, Theresa May will have the advantage of the EU at 27 and the fact that there are 27 different opinions.feedback

Jean Baker

How long is the uncertainty going to last? Theresa May should come clean and tell us - she's making it too hard for people to know what they're going to do.feedback

Angela Merkel

I told the British Prime Minister (Theresa May)very clearly during our talks that first Article 50, then common guidelines from the European Council, and then the negotiations, and I have no reason to doubt that this agreed strategy will be followed.feedback

Paul Nuttall

The country needs a strong Ukip more now than ever before, for if Ukip ceases to be an electoral force, there will be no impetus on Theresa May and her Government to give us real Brexit and we will end up with some mealy-mouthed, backsliding version. This will be a betrayal of the British people and a united Ukip under my leadership will never, ever allow that to happen.feedback

Francois Hollande

I have said it very clearly: Madame Theresa May wants a hard Brexit? Then talks will be hard, too.feedback

Vivienne Westwood

If (Theresa May) wants to be the same as everybody who came before (her, like) David Cameron, Tony Blair. (The politicians are) all the same as soon as one goes, another one comes in. What (the political leaders) all got in common is (they) are all applying this terrible system, which is not only making and everybody poor – even dying from the fumes in the air and all kinds of terrible – war, everything is caused by this system.feedback

Naeem Aslam - AvaTrade

Concerns of a hard Brexit continue to fester, causing more inflation pain for the Bank of England and for consumers. The selling pressure has easing off somewhat as Theresa May takes the foot off the gas in terms of a hard Brexit.feedback

Jean-Bernard Levy - EDF Energy

The new British government, with Mrs (U.K. Prime Minister Theresa) May, they have made their decision, and what they have publicised, there is a very interesting document called Value for Money.feedback

Sean Callow - Westpac Banking

The whole thing's been on a precipice since Sunday, since Theresa May (pointed to) March Brexit negotiations. But the selling has been very substantial so you can only think it's been part of that general punishment of the pound for Brexit.feedback

Neil Mellor - BNY Mellon

We can dismiss what happened in Asia, but the bias for sterling's performance remains downward. The speech by (Prime Minister Theresa) May this week thrust the prospect of a 'hard' Brexit upon the market. The fact is that the bias to the downside is going to remain there until we see some details from the negotiating table.feedback

Jack Trask

In fact, a move downwards looks much more likely. The uncertainty over when Theresa May will trigger Article 50, and what the final outcome of the Brexit negotiations will be, casts a long shadow over sterling.feedback

Pawel Wargan

[Prime Minister] Theresa May is quite keen to retain the possibility of ending free movements – at least to strengthen her bargaining position with the European Union – so that's created a lot of uncertainty.feedback

Caroline Flint

I personally feel Theresa May will go all the way to 2020.feedback

Sarah Hewin - Standard Chartered

Theresa May, the prime minister, has already said that the government won't be trying to eliminate the budget deficit. It's a new approach, no more austerity, so we're expecting that the new chancellor will announce a new set of forecasts for the deficit. In our view, it will probably be a wider deficit this year than the last and likely to stay high over the next couple of years.feedback

Heather Conley

We know Philip Hammond very well in Washington from his time as foreign secretary. I think that's a very steady pair of hands so I think there is growing confidence that we've got a good leadership team. As Theresa May said, it's time to get on with it and now we'll see what the outlines for the negotiations will be.feedback

Daisy Sands - Greenpeace

Theresa May should not be under the illusion that fracking is the answer to the UK's energy needs.feedback

Lincoln Allison

The effect of Theresa May being Prime minister has calmed down the financial markets. And, because she was a mild Remainer, it has suggested the possibility of negotiations with goodwill, depending, of course, as you will know better than I do, on whom those negotiations are with, whether they are with the (European) Commission or whether they are with a broader European negotiating team.feedback

Patrick McLoughlin

Her track record shows that when Theresa [May] arrives in Brussels, Europe's bosses sit up and listen.feedback

Bernard Cazeneuve

Determination is the key to the success we will obtain against those who organise attacks on us. As my colleague Theresa May has just said, we will win this war against terrorism, we are determined to win it.feedback

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