German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel is excited by Theresa May’s intent to hold an early election on June 8, as it will help streamline the Brexit negotiations between the United Kingdom and the European Union.
Prime Minister May’s government has already triggered Article 50, which sets the wheels in motion for the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. However, she was still entering these Brexit negotiations without her strongest hand, primarily because of the manner in which she assumed top office.
May wants to complete negotiations, with a clear mandate and with minimal interruption from the opposition parties in the United Kingdom. The only way to do that will be through an election victory when British citizens head to the polls this June.
Gabriel thinks the right decision has been made, adding that all parties will benefit from an early British election.
“Accountability and reliability are more important than ever after the Brexit vote of the Britons,” Gabriel told the Funke Mediengruppe.
The biggest problem that has faced all the relevant stakeholders during this ‘Brexit period’ has been the uncertainty that has accompanied it. Gabriel believes that problem has been partially solved by this development.
“Hopefully the new elections announced today by Prime Minister May can lead to more clarity and accountability in the negotiations with the European Union,” added Gabriel.