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Joris Luyendijk
Who would sacrifice EU citizenship for life in a country we now know could turn on us at any moment? It makes sense to get ahead of the returning herd. It will not happen in spectacular ways, so do not expect TV footage of hordes of well-heeled EU nationals making for Heathrow airport or the Channel tunnel. Rather it will be a steady, inexorable drip-feed. It has already started and as the true implications of Brexit sink in the number will swell. Call it the Brexodus: well-educated EU nationals with the global job market at their feet turning their back on a country they had thought of as a good and safe place to make their homes.feedback
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NEW Jun 29 2017
“I would have thought so. The Chancellor said a number of things that are not quite consistent with each other. One of the most important things he's said is that it's got to be done before the next election.” said David Davis speaking about Brexit. It’s one of the 803 quotes about Brexit you can find on this page. 379 people have said something about this topic. Among them: Theresa May, Emmanuel Macron and Philip Hammond. Browse the quotes by date and by name to find those that are relevant to you.
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Catherine Bearder

That will take resources and political will – neither of which seems likely with a Tory government. This is not a priority for them but it is an urgent priority for future generations and for the planet.feedback

Javor Benedek

The UK risks falling behind the rest of the EU in the way it deals with the issue of plastic waste and plastic bottles, with little effort for waste prevention and better recycling, less onus on big producers to take responsibility and ultimately more plastic ending up in illegal dump sites or the ocean. There is a real danger it will become the dirty man of Europe in terms of waste management and plastic bottles in particular.feedback

Catherine Bearder

The new Tory government is not one that respects the environment. There is a real danger we will fall behind [the rest of Europe] in terms of the onus we place on big corporations to take responsibility for their waste, which could have big consequences on trade. My fear is that these negotiations on the circular economy package will not be completed until after we leave so even if the government commits to abide by all existing rules in a trade deal it may well not include this.feedback

Hannah Marendziuk-Uglow

The difference between 2015 and 2017 was Brexit and Trump. I said to young people – not just students, but those struggling on minimum wage jobs or zero-hours contracts – if you think things will get better on their own, you'd better think again. Unless you exercise your right to vote you can't take anything for granted. I couldn't believe that a politician like Corbyn had come along in my lifetime. He's passionate, genuine, environmental. His manifesto was a leftwing dream. For a while some people weren't sure whether to trust him, but all my friends got behind him in the end.feedback

Karan Bilimoria

Britain’s weakness outside the EU is clear, and public opinion has swung sharply against Theresa May’s approach. Don’t think there is no turning back. The UK is in turmoil. Sixteen months ago, when David Cameron announced the date of the EU referendum, we were the fastest growing economy in the western world and the envy of Europe. The Brexiteers were convinced that Europe was on its way to ruin. Now Britain is becoming the laughing stock of Europe. The pound has weakened. Inflation is six times higher than the 0.5% it was a year ago. Today, inflation is 2.9% and wage growth is 1.7%. Europe is growing faster than Britain.feedback

George Monbiot

There are huge questions about funding, involving the DUP and others. A public inquiry is needed. Should the EU referendum result be annulled? For the past year I’ve been arguing that this would mean defying a democratic decision – even if it was informed by lies. Democracy is not negotiable. But what if this was not a democratic decision? What if it failed to meet the accepted criteria for a free and fair choice? If that were the case, should the result still stand? Surely it should not.feedback

Chris Patten

The worry is that there will never be a point at which we say to the Chinese: 'No.feedback

Chris Patten

On the whole, we have continued to operate under the delusion that unless you bow low enough you will never do any business in China. I think we should be much firmer in standing up to China on some of these issues. Why should the Chinese tell … a western political leader whether or not he or she can meet the Dalai Lama? … Why should anybody in China be allowed to scold us for saying too much about turning atolls and reefs in the South China Sea into military bases?feedback

Chris Patten

[Xi's] game plan is that abducting people on the streets in Hong Kong shouldn't be anything that causes any anxiety. I think the game plan would be that for people to call for greater democracy in Hong Kong or for greater respect for Hong Kong's autonomy is the sort of thing that would get them locked up.feedback

David Davis

I would have thought so. The Chancellor said a number of things that are not quite consistent with each other. One of the most important things he's said is that it's got to be done before the next election.feedback

Jane Golding

We believe the UK government must do a lot more to show that it takes seriously its duty of care and protection to 1.2 million UK citizens in Europe. Otherwise we run the risk of being the sacrificial lambs of Brexit. Most of [Ms May's proposal] is dealing with the immigration status of EU citizens in the UK, yet we represent by far the largest national group of people who will be impacted by the citizens' rights deal. The government strategy is clearly putting our future rights at risk.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

The implications of Brexit are so potentially far reaching that, as they become clearer, I think people will increasingly demand that choice (on secession). We face a Brexit we did not vote for, and in a form more extreme than most would have imagined just one year ago. The Scottish government remains committed strongly to the principle of giving Scotland a choice at the end of this process but I want to reassure people that our proposal is not for a referendum now, or before there is sufficient clarity about the options.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

That choice (independence referendum), I think that common sense tells you it is likely to be in this parliament. I am therefore confirming today that having listened and reflected, the Scottish Government will reset the plan I set out on March 13. We will not seek to introduce the legislation for an independence referendum immediately, instead we will in good faith redouble our efforts and put our shoulder to the wheel in seeking to influence the Brexit talks in a way that protects Scotland's interests.feedback

David Davis

Half of my task is running a set of projects that make the NASA moon shot look quite simple. My job is to bring back control of migration to Westminster. It is not to slam the door on immigration. We will bring immigration down but in a way and at a pace that does not cause labor shortages or, worse, undermine the nation's need for new talent.feedback

David Davis

I firmly believe that our approach puts jobs and prosperity first. So much so I didn't even think it was necessary to say it at the beginning.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

The Scottish government remains committed – strongly – to the principle of giving Scotland a choice at the end of this (Brexit) process. But I want to reassure people that our proposal is not for a referendum now or before there is sufficient clarity about the options – but rather to give them a choice at the end of the Brexit process when that clarity has emerged. I am therefore confirming today that, having listened and reflected, the Scottish government will reset the plan I set out on March 13. We will not seek to introduce the legislation for an independence referendum immediately.feedback

Mark Carney - Bank of England

There are pockets of risk that warrant extra vigilance. Consumer credit has been increasing rapidly, lending conditions in the mortgage market are becoming easier, and lenders may be placing undue weight on the recent performance of loans in benign conditions. There are also potential risks to financial stability associated with the range of possible outcomes and the number of paths to them under the Brexit process.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

We will not seek to introduce the legislation for an independence referendum immediately. Instead, we will – in good faith – redouble our efforts and put our shoulder to the wheel in seeking to influence the Brexit talks in a way that protects Scotland's interests. At the end of this period of negotiation with the EU – likely to be around next autumn – when the terms of Brexit will be clearer, we will come back to parliament to set out our judgment on the best way forward at that time, including our view on the precise timescale for offering people a choice over the country's future.feedback

David Davis

What he's actually said, the most important thing is it's got to be done before the election so that's a maximum of three years.feedback

Petr Krpata

Our economists expect the emergency measures (designed to boost the access to credit in the wake of the surprise Brexit vote last year) to be at least partially reversed. However, these macro prudential measures are unlikely to have an imminent impact, yet should be viewed as a healthy course of action given the surging consumer credit over the last twelve months. Expect largely limited impact on sterling, with euro-sterling to continue hovering around the 88 pence level.feedback

Taavet Hinrikus - TransferWise

It's really two things which are important to TransferWise and all of the high-growing companies in tech and fintech. One regulator gives you access to 500 million people all over Europe. With Brexit, (the) U.K. will most likely lose passporting.feedback

Taavet Hinrikus - TransferWise

If it's not possible to get people to come to London, and if existing people start moving for some reason, I think the position of London is somewhat in danger. We have never thought about setting up a new headquarters. If we need to do something, and we need to do it in order to keep on serving our customers in Europe, what we would do is set up an office in Europe. That's something which we are exploring. We have a great team in London, with 150 people. There's no point in moving these people but we need to make sure we can keep on servicing our customers in mainland Europe.feedback

Taavet Hinrikus - TransferWise

We're seeing pretty good growth on that corridor already. We do believe there are lots of money being sent from China to the rest of the world. If we go kind of a five, ten-year horizon, I think that's going to be a very interesting market for what we do.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

She wanted a landslide and she lost her majority. Now her mandate is in tatters, but the prime minister still insists she's the best person to get a good deal for Britain. The truth is this country needs a new approach to Brexit.feedback

Angela Rayner

This report from the government's own Social Mobility Commission shows that their policies will not improve social mobility in Britain. School budgets are being slashed, Sure Start centres are being lost and there is nothing approaching a skills plan that will let us face the challenges of post-Brexit Britain.feedback

David Davis

It is an approach the chancellor and I have designed over some months at the meetings we have every week to develop our strategy in this area.feedback

Philip Hammond

I campaigned and voted for Britain to remain in the EU. But I am a democrat and I accept the decision of the British people.feedback

Philip Hammond

Because in the end, the question is not whether to have cake, or eat it or even who has the largest slice, the question that matters is whether we can be smart enough to work out how to continue collaborating together, to keep the cake expanding, for the benefit of all. The first is an outcome risk: that somehow we allow petty politics to interfere with economic logic, and we end up with a suboptimal solution that fails to maximise our mutual benefit.feedback

Theresa May

What I think Nicola Sturgeon should be saying today is that she is going to completely take off the table the question of… a second independence referendum in Scotland. I think that was the clear message at the general election and I think now is the time for the United Kingdom to be pulling together not being driven apart.feedback

Mark Carney - Bank of England

Monetary policy is the last line of defence to address financial stability issues. In that regard, we don't need monetary policy to do our job. In fact, by doing our job we allow monetary policy to focus on its job which is returning inflation sustainably to target in an exceptional period.feedback

Simon Coveney

The hope would be that the heavy lifting would have been done by tomorrow evening. There are some big political issues to be addressed this evening. There are political choices to be made.feedback

Gerry Adams - Sinn Fein

The price of today's DUP-Tory deal is DUP support for continued Tory austerity and cuts to public services. It provides a blank check for a Tory Brexit which threatens the Good Friday Agreement.feedback

David Davis

It's not an ID card, of course what we are talking about here is documentation to prove you have got a right to a job, a right to residence, the rest of it. You don't have to carry that around all the time, it's not an ID card, it's rather like your birth certificate, not an ID card, good heavens.feedback

Bernard Sin

Clearly somebody sold it by mistake and bought it back quickly, triggering stops below $1,250. Fundamentally, there is still a lot of uncertainty in the world, with Italian bank bailouts, Trump's policies and Brexit. The world is in geopolitical chaos and gold is still good insurance.feedback

David Davis

The argument now is going to be more about whether the European Court of Justice has a say, and that is where the fight comes in.feedback

David Davis

It is not a macho clashing of antlers, it is about finding the place that suits both sides. They get the same residence rights, the same employment rights, the same rights, the same health rights, the same welfare rights, the same pensions rights and so on, almost the same as British citizens.feedback

David Davis

I don't think so, unless they've committed a crime. We're looking to see if we can get a continuation of the EHIC scheme as it currently exists. If we can't get one we will provide one unilaterally.feedback

Andrew Tingley - Kingsley Napley

The government has said that it will make the application process for these people as streamlined as possible. The process should be automatic and they should not have to pay a fee. This uncertainty will drive EU talent, investment and wealth away from the UK in the coming years.feedback

Colin Yeo

It represents the bare minimum that decency requires, amounting to little more than agreeing not to kick out EU nationals when Brexit occurs. A genuinely generous offer would preserve future family reunion rights and be properly legally enforceable in case a future UK government reneges on the agreement.feedback

Nicolas Hatton

We are bitterly disappointed. It does not feel like a finished document. It does not feel like the EU document, which is definitive and authoritative.feedback

Nicolas Hatton

We have got members who are outraged. Some of them have spent thousands of pounds on legal fees to apply for permanent residency since the referendum and they are now being told 'you shouldn't have bothered.feedback

Gerry Adams - Sinn Fein

The only fair way to get whatever resources come to this place, the only forum or the only decision-making body that can do it in a fair way is the Executive. The price of today's DUP-Tory deal is DUP support for continued Tory Austerity and cuts to public services. The DUP have agreed to support the Tory Government on all motions of confidence; and on the Queen's speech; the Budget; finance bills; money bills, supply and appropriation legislation and estimates and all legislation pertaining to British national security and Brexit.feedback

Douglas McWilliams

It looks as though the indecisive result of the election has seriously affected economic prospects already dampened by Brexit uncertainty. The data shows a sharp drop in consumers' confidence about their own financial situation and even more so about house prices. This will affect spending in the high street, in shopping centres and online.feedback

Peter Aspden

With the famous ballad back in the headlines, Bridget Minamore and Peter Aspden go head to head. Forty-six years after being recorded John Lennon’s Imagine is still generating headlines. Earlier this month the process to give Lennon’s wife Yoko Ono a songwriting credit began and Donald Tusk, president of the European council, used its lyrics to send a message to the UK over Brexit last week. In addition, during the recent election campaign, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn announced that the ballad was his favourite song. What is it about Imagine?feedback

Colum Eastwood

I know who I'd like to do the spending. I'd like an inclusive executive that represents all of the people of Northern Ireland to be making sure that money is spent properly and for all of our benefit, and not being spent by a Tory party who seem to be under the thumb of the DUP. I think that'd be a very dangerous place for all of us.feedback

Guy Verhofstadt

I welcome the fact that we have finally now received a counter-proposal from the UK, which is public. The European parliament's Brexit steering group will study the UK's proposals in the coming days. At first glance, there is at least one element that makes a difference – namely the commitment to simplify existing administrative procedures. However, a number of limitations remain worrisome and will have to be carefully assessed.feedback

Claude Moraes

Looking at the small print, the government's offer is full of holes and threatens the rights of both EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in other EU countries. It will create yet further uncertainty. This situation could have been resolved had there been a strong and comprehensive offer, but instead the government has proposed cuts in rights by introducing income thresholds for family reunification and removing the protection of the European court of justice. This will create greater uncertainty for both UK and EU citizens and take up limited negotiating time.feedback

Inga Beale - Lloyds Bank

Fundamentally, if something does change, we can of course pull all that back.feedback

Inga Beale - Lloyds Bank

There's no way we could get it done by the time (of Brexit), even if we started now. I don't think there would be enough lawyers to do it all, and certainly not enough capacity in the courts.feedback

Inga Beale - Lloyds Bank

It's a big ask but we would like that all of these existing liabilities and contracts don't have to be transferred ... they can be grandfathered.feedback

Shami Chakrabarti

We haven't said we'd have control of free movement of people, you can't necessarily have control.feedback

Andrew Adonis

If we were to go for a hard Brexit which severs Britain's trading ties with the continent I think we could be heading for a calamity as a country. It's important that we have a Brexit that maintains Britain's trading ties with the continent, and that probably requires a long transition period, so we can get a fully fledged trade treaty.feedback

Adam Marshall

We must ensure our parliamentarians are focusing on infrastructure and investment too.feedback

Andrew Adonis

There is a real danger that no decisions come forward and we end up as a country seriously regretting yet another period of dither and delay on major infrastructure decisions.feedback

Andrew Adonis

If we have dither and delay and a hard Brexit we're going to really struggle to secure any agenda of long-term investment in the British economy.feedback

Theresa May

As we set out at the beginning of talks, we share many values in terms of wanting to see prosperity across the UK, the value of the union, the important bond between different parts of the United Kingdom. We very much want to see that protected and enhanced and we also share the desire to ensure a strong government, able to put through its program and provide for issues like the Brexit negotiations, but also national security issues. So the agreement we have come to is a very, very good one, and I look forward to working with you.feedback

Donald Tusk - European Council

Citizens' rights are the number one priority for the EU27 and we have made our position clear. We want to ensure the full rights for EU and UK citizens after Brexit. My first impression is that the UK's offer is below our expectations and that it risks worsening the situation of citizens, but it will be for our negotiating team to analyse the offer line by line once they receive it on paper. As a matter of fact Brexit took up very little time at this Council.feedback

David Davis

I don't think so, unless they've committed a crime or some sort of security problem. It will go back to the normal relationship.feedback

Felicity Lawrence

Leaving the EU is a chance to reform the biggest sector of Britain’s economy. But is Michael Gove up to the job, or will he be hamstrung by free-market dogma?There is a rather large piece of unexploded ordnance in the middle of the Brexit talks, which kicked off last week. It lay buried through most of the referendum campaign – but if not skilfully defused, it could go off with devastating consequences for our food system.feedback

Matthew d'Ancona

The Conservative appetite for harder borders ahead of prosperity is waning as voters’ priorities shift too. Conservative leadership candidate of the week is Philip Hammond. Well, it is his turn, and he has been in clover since the election, relishing his transition from soon-to-be-sacked to impregnable chancellor. His Mansion House speech on Tuesday last week was a triumphant brandishing of the spreadsheet at his fallen or diminished foes in Downing Street.feedback

Jonathan Lipkin

The timing is awkward for two reasons. First, major regulatory change, notably MiFID II and PRIIPs [packaged retail and insurance-based investment products], is happening right now, and it's intense. Second, industry and regulators are having to prepare for the uncertainties of Brexit. The industry have their hands extremely full.feedback

Roland Sonnenberg

These findings point to a major opportunity, one that is all the more important as Brexit draws nearer, the potential for the UK to invest in building a world-class defence industry that will boost economic growth through exports and investment, in turn helping to drive jobs and skills.feedback

Donald Tusk - European Council

We need real guarantees for our people who live, work and study in the UK, and the same goes for Brits.feedback

David Davis

When we are doing all these deals on trade and other areas, there will be arbitration arrangements. There won't be the ECJ, there will be a mutually agreed chairman and somebody nominated from both sides, that's the normal way, but there my be other ways too, and it may well be we have an arbitration arrangement over this, but it's not going to be the European Court of Justice. It's about finding the place that suits both sides. That's what we're about. I'm pretty sure [we can reach a deal]. I'm not 100 per cent sure. You can never be. It's a negotiation...I'm pretty sure, but I'm not certain.feedback

David Davis

Point Two, I want a stable backdrop for these Brexit negotiations, it's hard work by the way.feedback

Justin Welby

A country united after Brexit is essential if we want a country that is resilient under the threats we face, capable of ensuring that the victims of Grenfell Tower are cared for and its lessons learned, and courageous in making our way in the post-Brexit world. The decisions we make over the next two years will have an impact for generations to come.feedback

David Davis

When we're doing all these deals on trade and other areas, there will be arbitration arrangements. There won't be the ECJ, there'll be a mutually agreed chairman and somebody nominated from both sides, is the normal way but there may be other ways too. And it may well be we have an arbitration arrangement over this but it's not going to be the Court of Justice.feedback

George Blackman

People are a lot happier this time, last year you definitely felt the effect of Brexit. People were sombre, this time they're talking about Jeremy and Labour, they're more optimistic. I'm incredibly disappointed about it not being on next year. It costs a lot but it's totally worth it.feedback

Priti Patel

We're pretty clear the vote happened last year and we don't need to have a rerun of the arguments of remain and leave. The technical details, in terms of how we leave, that work is in train already through David Davis and through his government department, working across the whole of the civil service and obviously our colleagues in Europe, but also with our ambassadors as well.feedback

Justin Welby

Exit negotiations will be fierce and the differences on what we should aim for, and how, are very deep. They divide our politicians and our society. With a hung parliament, there is an understandable temptation for every difference to become a vote of confidence, a seeking of momentary advantage ahead of the next election.feedback

Justin Welby

Recent events have highlighted the urgent need for a process of internal reconciliation, between regions, social groups, faiths and generations. The future of this country is not a zero-sum, winner-take-all calculation but must rest on the reconciled common good arrived at through good debate and disagreement.feedback

Yvette Cooper

The Government cannot carry on as usual, pretending that the election didn't happen and that the public didn't deliver their verdict on Theresa May's plan. A Brexit deal - if it is to last - must have a mandate and broad backing behind it, instead of something cobbled together by a small Conservative cabal. Justin Welby is right, now we all have a big job to do in pulling our divided country together - and this could be a start.feedback

William Hague

If you are willing to discuss how to make this work within these parameters, come in and we will be open to your views.feedback

Justin Welby

For that to happen would be a disaster if our negotiators, faced with the united determination of the EU, go into the room without confidence in their backing in the UK. It might turn us inwards and forfeit the opportunity to be a country the world admires and blesses for our generosity and vision. Obviously it would be under the authority of parliament, especially the Commons. It would need to be cross-party and chaired by a senior politician, on privy council terms. It could not bind parliament, but well-structured it could draw much of the poison from the debate.feedback

David Davis

It will be stiff, it will be small movements incrementally, so small it will be invisible sometimes, but it will happen.feedback

David Davis

I never said it was a breeze. I said it will be turbulent, there will be difficulties but at the end there is a point of common interest.feedback

David Davis

This is not an ideological thing - it is a practical thing. I didn't apologise to her. I didn't design the campaign, I thought we'd get a better result than you did.feedback

David Davis

Get on with the day job. People put us here to deliver a decent economy, to deliver a decent life for them, to deliver Brexit.feedback

David Davis

Look, I'm not going to get into it. It's self-indulgent. Frankly the fact that we have spent two minutes on it is self-indulgent.feedback

David Davis

There is no essay crisis about this Government. It is very, very, very clear that she is a good prime minister.feedback

Alistair Carmichael

This is a historic chance to defeat the Government and force Theresa May to rethink her approach to Brexit. Many people, including those who voted Leave, are increasingly worried about what Brexit will mean for our economy and living standards. It is our responsibility as MPs to listen to these concerns and work together to get the best possible deal. We're now staring over the precipice at the economic reality of an extreme Brexit. Future generations won't forgive us if we fail to act.feedback

Justin Welby

We need the politicians to find a way of neutralising the temptation to take minor advantage domestically from these great events. We must develop a forum or commission or some political tool which can hold the ring for the differences to be fought out, so that a commonly agreed negotiating aim is achieved. The future of this country is not a zero-sum, winner takes all calculation but must rest on the reconciled common good arrived at through good debate and disagreement.feedback

Donald Tusk - European Council

Citizens' rights are the number one priority for the EU 27 [all but Britain] and we have made our position clear. We want to ensure the full rights for EU and UK citizens after Brexit.feedback

Tim Farron

This is a sinister threat to the free media. How dare Andrea Leadsom tell the press what they should think? This isn't a George Orwell book. She needs to apologise for these comments and realise what she said was frankly stupid.feedback

Jonas Lovgren

Her fantastic spiel yesterday told us nothing new. Basically, it felt like she read out the government website and the details of things we are supposed to be guaranteed to already.feedback

Jonas Lovgren

It didn't take long last year for the campaign to get really nasty in terms of inflammatory language, and I've experienced some very unwelcome comments when I've been out with my daughters and have spoken Swedish to them.feedback

Ulrike Gupta

I doesn't really faze me. Yes, there are lots of documents needed and so on, but for us it feels like a must. We need to do so for the kids' sake.feedback

Maike Bohn

If there is no independent body involved then it means we are only protected by UK law, and a future government could make major changes. We have faith in the UK courts but not in the government.feedback

Tanja Bueltmann

If that is true then it is deeply shocking, because it means that all of the proposals from Theresa May mean nothing. The EU's motivation is, I think, a good one because they don't want there to be the risk of a retrospective change in five years time by authorities in the UK.feedback

Ulrike Gupta

Speaking to them in your mother tongue is a very normal thing to do because you want them to learn to speak the two languages, or in our cases three. It's a difficult feeling, because we also feel this is home. We studied here, we spent most of our adult life here the kids were born here. I don't trust a word she says. I heard a little bit about what she put on the table initially in Brussels – something like she wants to provide a guarantee the 3 million here – but I can't help but feel that it's just rhetoric and politics.feedback

Maike Bohn

It's an 85-page form and a very complicated process under which a third of applications are being rejected. If she is talking about 'lawful' citizens, then up a million people could end up being excluded. We need clarity on that. And after a year of hostile migration rhetoric we fear that as soon as the UK leaves the EU they could decide, no, they don't want us to have access to heathcare or other public services as a matter of right.feedback

Ulrike Gupta

I came to study English. I loved the country and the countryside, and really loved London. I got a job and here I am, 21 years later.feedback

Ulrike Gupta

My son asked me the week before the referendum if we would be kicked out of the country. I got really nervous about it. I'm angry and frustrated almost every day. I haven't spoken about anything else for a year.feedback

Andrew Rawnsley

For years we mocked our neighbours’ ‘unstable’ governments. Now, with Brexit upon us, the joke is on this country. A cartoon in a Dutch newspaper depicts Mrs May whacking herself over the head with a mallet. Another Dutch publication has the prime minister entering the Brexit negotiations with her severed head cradled under her arm. It is not just the Netherlands that is having a good giggle. Britain’s prime minister – and, by extension, Britain itself – is an object of torrential mockery across Europe. Here is payback for all those years when snooty Albion turned up a haughty nose at the continentals with their “funny” proportional electoral systems that produced “unstable” governments. Though European leaders are too polite to put it so bluntly, they think that this country, once thought to be a nation of level-headed pragmatists, has taken leave of its senses. First, Britons narrowly vote to quit the world’s largest and richest free trade area. Then, at an election less than 12 months later, Britons split their support between the parties in such a way that there is no consensus in parliament about the terms on which Britain should leave. There is not even agreement about how to proceed on Brexit within the riven ruling party. Ridicule abroad is matched by ridicule at home. This side of the channel, Mrs May is now routinely referred to and depicted as the “zombie prime minister”, a phrase I used to describe her immediately after the election.feedback

Frances O'Grady

If we leave the single market, working people will end up paying the price. It'd be bad for jobs, for work rights & for our living standards.feedback

Andrea Leadsom

Genuinely I feel that being a mum means you have a very real stake in the future of our country, a tangible stake.feedback

Andrea Leadsom

It would be helpful if broadcasters were willing to be a bit patriotic. The country took a decision, this government is determined to deliver on that decision. I'm not accusing you of anything, Emily. I'm simply saying we all need to pull together as a country. We took a decision a year ago today to leave the European Union, we have a very strong hand and we are very well prepared for the negotiations.feedback

Natalie Nougayrède

With so much volatility in the Middle East, a quiet rapprochement is in everyone’s interest. Remember how, during the Brexit referendum campaign, voters were told that “millions of Turks” would swamp Europe and Britain if it didn’t get out? Government ministers went on TV to say Turkey’s accession to the EU was just on the horizon, as a result of a refugee deal brokered between Angela Merkel and the Turkish government. Brexiters assured audiences that visa liberalisation for Turks was looming: the hordes were at the gates. None of that happened, of course. Nor is it about to.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

The situation must be really tense if such an obvious thing is now considered as news. Of course people should at least have the right to stay, that is a minimum and personally I cannot imagine things differently.feedback

Laith Khalaf - Hargreaves Lansdown

The main financial effect of Brexit has been felt in the pound, though weaker sterling has pushed up inflation and also boosted the stock market. Holidaymakers have probably been the most obvious losers from Brexit so far, though inflation is also gradually ratcheting up the pressure on consumers more broadly. The performance of capital markets over the last year tells us that the financial effects of Brexit are about as predictable as the British weather.feedback

Vincent Keaveny - DLA Piper

Most market participants accept that dual supervision by the EU authorities and by the UK regulators, and information sharing amongst those regulators, will be necessary after Brexit. It is still not clear whether that will be enough to satisfy all of the EU regulators.feedback

Eva Oller

We had similar views on most things, we went travelling, enjoyed skiing, sailing, diving and hiking together. Then, one year ago, Brexit happened. I woke up in the morning and made some comments on Facebook about how devastated I felt and how I felt homeless. He got angry and told me to stop posting this stuff as his children and ex-wife voted for Brexit.feedback

Donald Tusk - European Council

Citizens rights are the number one rights for the EU 27 and we have made our position clear, we want to ensure the full rights for EU and UK citizens after Brexit. My first impression is the UK's offer is below expectation and risks worsening the situation of citizens but it will be for our negotiating team to analyze the offer line by line when we receive it on paper. It's obvious that the impact of Brexit in the citizens' rights area is negative, and our role is to reduce this negative.feedback

Michael Gray-Sloan

I think Brexit is a disaster, politically, economically, socially – nobody knows what is ahead of us and the fact that English folks has dragged us out of the European Union is almost criminal, completely insane.feedback

Theresa May

The commitment that we make to EU citizens will be enshrined in UK law and will be enforced through our highly respected courts.feedback

Azad Azam

In the construction industry you have a lot of materials coming from Europe. Now if we don't get the trade agreements that the government has suggested they're going to try to get, then all these supplies and all of those prices are just going to increase. Then we're not going to be even able to deliver the projects at the prices that we were previously going to, because everything is going to go up.feedback

Smita Mehra

We've been very privileged because there have been no barriers to recruitment and barriers to working laws or working conditions. Now if that were all to change it would produce uncertain times, and so I'm praying that things won't change.feedback

Joana Ferreira

I'm just worried about the living conditions, really. Am I going to be able to work? Am I going to get a normal salary, like everyone? Am I going to be kicked out of the country? I don't know, nobody knows!feedback

Azad Azam

We did offer him a permanent position, as he's done really well he's incredibly skillful. And as a result of that the contract I've offered him is 3 years. He's got a family back home, he's got a wife, he's got a child, and his intention is to make the UK their permanent home. Unfortunately, as a result of Brexit we're now in a position where the uncertainties created so many problems for him, we don't know whether he's going to be able to stay, he doesn't even know whether he's going to be able to stay.feedback

Charles Michel

We don't want to be sold a pig in a poke. The rights of EU citizens should be safeguarded in a sustainable manner.feedback

Angela Merkel

We will conduct these talks in a good spirit. But the clear focus has to be on the future of the 27.feedback

Charles Michel

I am not a dreamer. And I am not the only one. What we also need is certainty, for our companies in Belgium, in Europe. If we back this image that Brexit perhaps would not happen, it brings an uncertainty.feedback

Mark Rutte

It is crucially important we know what Great Britain wants from Brexit. I hope obviously we'll come to some form of continued [UK] membership or relationship with the internal market; with the customs union. I think that is in the interests of jobs in the United Kingdom.feedback

Donald Tusk - European Council

We can hear different predictions, coming from different people, about the possible outcome of these negotiations: hard Brexit, soft Brexit or no deal. Some of my British friends have even asked me whether Brexit could be reversed, and whether I could imagine an outcome where the UK stays part of the EU. I told them that in fact the European Union was built on dreams that seemed impossible to achieve. So, who knows? You may say I'm a dreamer, but I am not the only one.feedback

Andrew Sheets

Gilts will outperform as growth will ultimately disappoint and increase the risk of a harder Brexit outcome.feedback

Jonathan Freedland

One year on, the certainties of the leave case are collapsing. We’re no longer shackled to that verdict. One year on, the political weather has changed and suddenly a once unthinkable question can be asked: might Brexit be stopped?feedback

Nicolas Véron - Bruegel

Brexit creates a new reality where there are some clearinghouses that are outside the E.U. but critically important to the E.U.feedback

Charles Michel

We don't want to buy a pig in a poke. The rights of European citizens should be guaranteed in the long term.feedback

Andrew Myors

Coming here you realise how much of a phenomenon Corbyn is. And it isn't just one type of person who's here and joining in these songs – he's united all these people who come to Glastonbury to watch completely different genres of music. And it's such a different vibe from last year. I definitely don't think there were many people singing 'woop Brexit' chants at Shangri La.feedback

Alain De Botton

Cabinet minister tells me Conservatives ready to accept EEA with 5 year immigration brake. Will be offered after German elections.feedback

David Edward

By any standards, some of the Brexit legislation would normally require LCMs. But you never know what the intelligentsia of the Tory party may deem to be within their exclusive competences. After all, they want power to amend primary legislation by executive order. Charles I is not dead yet!feedback

Peter Hennessy

The recent general election was our means of absorbing the outcome of our 2016 eruption of plebiscitory democracy into the promiscuous, free-flowing mainstream of our system of representative democracy.feedback

Donald Tusk - European Council

Politics without dreams would be a nightmare … miracles do happen. The best part of politics is that everything is possible.feedback

Dave Spokes

We find it bizarre that she expects the EU to reciprocate to her offer which falls short of their own. Does she expect the EU to water down its offer to match hers? This is not a negotiation to get the lowest possible price. It is, or should be, a negotiation to gain the best support for real people - a country's citizens. We are not surprised that Mr Juncker has described Theresa May's offer on citizens rights as 'not sufficient.feedback

Jane Golding

At this stage, I think it [the British offer] raises more questions than it answers. There are some broad lines of the offer set out, but whether the status quo and the full bundle of rights that EU citizens in the UK currently have will be safeguarded is not clear from this statement. So without answers to those questions, we simply don't know yet whether the PM is offering certainty to EU citizens.feedback

Dave Spokes

This reflects our own assessment. It seems a very odd strategy for the UK to offer less support for citizens than that being offered by the EU. Should they not be encouraging the EU to give more?feedback

Nicolas Hatton

It's disgusting. They do not want to engage with EU citizens. It's like one big game to them, but these are people's lives. Barnier and the EU, they also play political games and like good PR, but they have listened to us and redrafted their proposal after they sent it round to the EU27 because of the feedback they got. The UK seems to be stuck in this Home Office policy of creating a hostile environment.feedback

Paul Mumford - Cavendish Asset Management

Brexit itself, I don't think, has had much of an effect on the market, but what has had an effect has been the fall in sterling. Because of the uncertainty that might have arisen from the election result, it may be that sterling is going to stay down longer than we thought.feedback

Theresa May

I want to reassure all those EU citizens who are in the UK, who've made their lives and homes in the UK that no one will have to leave, we won't be seeing families split apart. This is a fair and serious offer. And I want to give those EU citizens in the UK certainty about the future of their lives but I also want to see that certainty given to UK citizens who are living in the European Union.feedback

Theresa May

No one will face a cliff edge. The UK's position represents a fair and serious offer, one aimed at giving as much certainty as possible to citizens who have settled in the UK, building careers and lives and contributing so much to our society.feedback

Barnaby Joyce

I will argue that the Europeans should embrace an FTA with Australia. European farmers have nothing to fear from improved trade with Australia as we are not in a position to swamp their markets.feedback

Barnaby Joyce

Long before the European Union, Australia had a strong relationship with exports to the United Kingdom and we never lose sight of that – apart from always wanting with all countries to expand trade.feedback

Barnaby Joyce

We can, however, deliver high-quality premium products to meet clear market demand.feedback

Barnaby Joyce

When a couple gets divorced, I don't choose a side, I keep talking to both.feedback

Charles Michel

It's time for action and certainty. Not for dreams and uncertainty #Brexit #FutureofEurope. Theresa May is in a very difficult situation in terms of leadership so we will have to see what position Great Britain will defend. We can speculate, but it is a waste of time.feedback

David Mundell

We're very clear that the United Kingdom is the member state of the EU and while we will work very closely, as we have throughout, with the Scottish Government it will be the United Kingdom Government that will be conducting the negotiations.feedback

Sadiq Khan

The prime minister sought a mandate from the British people for her version of hard Brexit - but the electorate registered their opposition. It's time she heeded the message. The Brexit goalposts have been moved. The government must now listen to the will of the people by putting aside ideology and negotiating a sensible Brexit that ensures continued membership of the single market.feedback

Kristin Forbes

The exchange rate - no surprise – seems to be much more sensitive to political news, and news especially related to Brexit announcements. That's not to say monetary policy doesn't matter. But those effects do seem recently to be dwarfed by other factors.feedback

Donald Tusk - European Council

We can hear different predictions, coming from different people, about the possible outcome of these negotiations: hard Brexit, soft Brexit or no deal. The European Union was built on dreams that seemed impossible to achieve. So, who knows? You may say I'm a dreamer, but I am not the only one.feedback

Mark Rutte

We all have that dream. I hate Brexit from every angle. My dream would be... we would come to a sort of intermediate end state for the coming years in which the United Kingdom would stay connected to the single market.feedback

Ian Blackford

There are two things I'd say to Theresa May and her government: there needs to be meeting of the joint ministerial committee so the parliament in London meeting together with the governments of Belfast, of Edinburgh and Cardiff. And of course it is right – and many people have said this – that the Scottish Government should be represented at the talks in Brussels.feedback

Beat Wittmann

U.K. voters will only wake up to the cost of Brexit once the debt-fueled expansion ends and businesses start to relocate away from the country. Gilts (U.K. government bonds) are more of a question of the reflation trade which has a global dimension so that's probably not so attractive and (U.K.) equities are fine. I think the main casualty will be pound sterling.feedback

Laith Khalaf - Hargreaves Lansdown

Inflation is gradually ratcheting up the pressure on consumers. Dixons Carphone, Travis Perkins and Berkeley Group are three companies who can attribute a large part of their relegation from the benchmark FTSE 100 index to concerns over consumer demand stemming from Brexit.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

The door is open until the moment you walk through it. It's not up to me to say it's closed. But from the moment things are engaged with a timescale and an objective, it's very hard to go back, we can't lie to ourselves. What did Brexit play on? On workers from eastern Europe who came to take British jobs. The defenders of the European Union lost because the British lower middle classes said: 'Stop!feedback

Emmanuel Macron

Europe is not a supermarket. We have to promote a Europe that goes toward greater economic and social wellbeing. Europe isn't a supermarket. Europe is a common destiny. It is weakened when it accepts its principles being rejected. The countries in Europe that don't respect the rules should have to face the political consequences. And that's not just an east-west debate. Everything is linked. You can't say you want to lead an effective fight against terror and not do something about climate change.feedback

Nicolas Hatton

There is something slightly pathetic about the prime minister's proposal which makes no reference to the detailed, comprehensive offer tabled by the EU. The prime minister described her proposal as fair and serious. It's neither fair nor serious.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

Brexit will change Scotland and the UK fundamentally - and an extreme Brexit, such as the one the UK government still seems intent on pursuing, will maximise the damage. But the immediate priority for action is to work with anyone and everyone - including the UK government, and other political parties - to ensure that the UK as a whole adopts the least damaging approach possible. The UK government placed a great deal of emphasis on restricting freedom of movement. That seems to be the key reason why it is not pursuing single market membership.feedback

Michael Gove

I was talking to two representatives of the Scottish government yesterday, Fergus Ewing and Roseanna Cunningham, and I had a very cordial conversation with them. I think there is a change in the atmosphere. In the past, the Scottish government preferred grandstanding and showboating to actual constructive engagement. We now have an opportunity for a more constructive approach, and judging from the conversations that I had yesterday I think we are moving into a new phase.feedback

Nick Clegg

[They are also] the owners and editors of the rightwing press, whose visceral loathing of the EU has shaped their respective papers' tone and coverage for decades; the Tory backbenchers, many of whom still inhabit a preposterous past in which Britannia still rules the waves and diplomacy is best conducted from the royal yacht; a handful of multi-millionaire businessmen who have, in some cases over 30 years or more, bankrolled whichever party, or politician, stands on the most aggressive EU-bashing platform.feedback

Nick Clegg

The UK stands alone as a rich economy that experienced a strong economic recovery in which the real wages of workers fell.feedback

Nick Clegg

Populism has not been defeated in mainland Europe, but it does appears to have been contained. We were told a few months ago that [Geert] Wilders would win in the Netherlands, that Le Pen would take the [French] presidency and pull France out of the euro, and that Angela Merkel's position was in doubt. None of those things have happened. Yet in Britain, a revolution overturned four decades of EU membership, and in the US a completely unsuitable candidate was elected president.feedback

Nick Clegg

A disastrous collapse, an extension to the timescale, or a significant softening of the government's negotiating stance to allow a generous transition period in which many of the features of EU membership continue to apply.feedback

Nick Clegg

Far from increasing our standing in Washington or Beijing, the decision to leave the EU is already seen as a sign of Britain's decline, pushing us to the margins in international affairs.feedback

Nick Clegg

Mainstream politicians of all stripes are failing to deliver on the bread and butter issues that matter to voters. The housing problem in particular has been festering for years, with social housing in decline, too little affordable housing, skyrocketing rents, and an over-reliance on a dysfunctional private sector that has not built enough homes, and not enough good-quality homes.feedback

Frances O'Grady

We have spent the last year fighting for the best Brexit deal for working people – one that protects their jobs and their rights at work. A no-deal Brexit would be devastating for jobs and the UK economy – and after the election result, the prime minister has no mandate for it.feedback

Frances O'Grady

A good Brexit deal for working people means tariff-free and barrier-free trade with Europe. And it means a level playing field for workers' rights written into the Brexit deal. That deal must protect all current rights and make sure hardworking Brits do not miss out on new protections enjoyed by EU workers in future.feedback

Laith Khalaf - Hargreaves Lansdown

All of the top 10 performing stocks have significant international earnings which have helped propel their stock price performance thanks to weaker sterling. There are other factors at play too however; for instance commodity producers Glencore and Antofagasta have benefited from price rises in the stuff they dig out of the ground.feedback

Richard Gowan - European Council

Yet the vote also reflects Brexit Britain's perilous diplomatic position. The fact that most E.U. members abstained rather than backing the U.K. highlights its isolation.feedback

Doug Parr - Greenpeace

A lobby group led by Tory grandees and backed by high-profile government figures was preparing to undermine building regulations, including crucial fire safety standards, just weeks before the Grenfell disaster. It's obvious that there are powerful political and corporate interests out there ready to use Brexit as an excuse to get rid of vital laws that they see as a hindrance to businesses. But what industry lobbyists call 'red tape' are often rules that save lives and protect our health and our environment.feedback

Mark Rutte

I am an Anglophile. You are one of our most beloved partners, so I hate Brexit from every angle. But you can't argue with democracy.feedback

John Hardman

The grim reality is that the perception from overseas is we are xenophobic, we're racist, and the pound has plummeted too. We've gone with Brexit and that makes us look unfriendly. The immediate impact is that there will be crops left in the fields. [The warning] couldn't be more timely with Wimbledon around the corner as 99.9% of Wimbledon strawberries are picked by eastern Europeans.feedback

Mark Rutte

Yeah, we all have that dream. I hate Brexit from every angle. But this is a sovereign decision by the British people and I can't argue with democracy.feedback

Charles Michel

I am NOT a dreamer and I'm not the only one. It's time for action and certainty. Not for dreams and uncertainty.feedback

Tania Branigan

With more beards than females and no ethnic minority members, the UK team negotiating our leaving the EU will not reap the benefits diversity brings. There is nothing shocking about the photos of the UK’s Brexit negotiating team. They are almost exactly as you would expect. Somehow, it is normal that a team working on behalf of 65 million people should contain no person of colour and “more beards than women” – an indication not of hipster tendencies in the civil service, but of the fact there is just one female member among the nine. These are the people charged with fulfilling Theresa May’s promise that “as we leave the European Union … we will make Britain a country that works not for a privileged few, but for every one of us”.feedback

Andrew Sentance - PricewaterhouseCoopers

Brexit discussions have started this week, but the impact of the EU referendum result on most households in the UK has been to squeeze both their incomes and spending. Employment growth continues to be quite robust, however, so that offers a countervailing positive influence on the prospects for consumer spending.feedback

David Blanchflower

Steady as she goes isn't what is happening. It matters to the central bank and all of us that there is no credible government and no dependable fiscal authority. We have no clue what economic policies the government will implement and whether failed austerity is dead and buried. It should be.feedback

Hugh Dennis

Exams are no easier now than they were back then. There's also this perception that boys don't do as good as girls. I think the honest truth of it is that girls are more intelligent than boys. Boys from seven through to 80, then they catch up.feedback

Philip Hammond

When you buy a house you don't necessarily move all your furniture in on the first day you buy it. This is a process. People will expect us to put in place arrangements that will allow us to move from where we were when we were members [of the EU] to where we are going to be in a long term future partnership with our EU neighbours. But we will do that as part of a process that will avoid a cliff edge.feedback

Ellie Kendrick

Obviously it was before Brexit that we filmed it. But it became even more relevant afterwards. They're a portion of society that are being really affected by what's happening politically.feedback

Jeffrey Donaldson

Those figures would not recognise the fiscal reality in the United Kingdom today. We recognise the realities we're dealing with. The reason for that is we want to bring Northern Ireland up to the same level as the rest of the UK. We believe that in a post-Brexit world, we want the rising tide to lift all the boats, and we want Northern Ireland to benefit from that. If what we do benefits people across the United Kingdom then, as a unionist party, that's something we're proud of.feedback

Thomas Steffen

The decision by the United Kingdom to leave the EU is unfortunate. The Brexit process could also bring opportunities for a stronger EU and for Germany as a business location.feedback

Matt Shardlow

Conservative politicians have repeatedly led the charge to face down measures to restrict harmful pesticides. Buglife would like to see a clear commitment from the Conservatives that after Brexit our environment and health will be in safe hands. It is time to start listening to the people and respecting the experts.feedback

Laurence Olins

This is as extreme as it gets. If we do not have the pickers, we do not have a soft fruit industry. It is inconceivable that people who voted to leave the European Union wanted to destroy an iconic and incredibly competitive British horticulture industry, and see the end of buying British produce. But if we cannot ensure access to the seasonal workers needed to produce soft fruit in Britain, that will be an unintended consequence of Brexit - along with soaring prices and increased reliance on imports.feedback

David Mundell

This Queen's Speech is about bringing our United Kingdom closer together and fully grasping the opportunities ahead for the whole country as we leave the EU. We will bring powers back in a way that works best for Scotland and the rest of the UK. There will undoubtedly be more decision-making powers coming to Holyrood, and I look forward to working closely with the Scottish Government on this.feedback

Michel Barnier

The UK has asked to leave the EU, not the other way around, so we each have to assume the consequences of our decisions and the consequences are substantial. I am not in a frame of mind to make concessions or ask for concessions. We are looking to unravel 43 years of patiently built relations.feedback

Phil Jones

The trouble with standing in the middle of a roundabout is it's a quick way to gauge opinion but it doesn't allow you to engage with people or understand what people's feelings are and I think there are lot of general concerns.feedback

Phil Jones

I think reactions to my posts have been really wonderful. I call it my one-man protest standing in solidarity (with them) and I really mean it.feedback

Phil Jones

Yes I do think there is a lack of education and it's been going on for 40 years. In this country certain sections of the press have only ever produced negative material about the EU. They have only ever focussed on the problems.feedback

Phil Jones

It is hard to feel a sense of belonging to something if you know very little about it. And also if you know very little about it, then you are open to being manipulated.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

Because democracy was born in Europe. The US likes freedom as much as we do, but it doesn't have our love for justice. Europe is the only place in the world where individual freedoms, the spirit of democracy and social justice are so closely joined. So the question now is: Will Europe succeed in defending the deep values it brought to the world for decades, or will it be wiped out by the rise in illiberal democracies and authoritarian regimes?feedback

Emmanuel Macron

France is not a country that you reform, it's a country that you transform, a country of revolution. So as long as it's possible not to reform, France doesn't do it. This time, people saw they were at the edge of a precipice and they reacted.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

I respect Vladimir Putin. I had an constructive exchange with him. We have real disagreements, on Ukraine in particular, but he has seen my position. I talked to him at length face to face about international issues as wells as defending NGOs and liberties in his country.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

The question is to know how to restore the dynamic and bring people on board. It's not just about pressing policy onto countries or people; you have to be able to bring them along with you, make them dream.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

That's why I have asked the government to engage the fundamental reforms which are essential for France. Our credibility, our efficiency, our strength is on the line.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

I will speak to everyone with respect but I won't compromise on European principles – on solidarity or democratic values. If Europe were to accept that, it would mean it's weak and had already ceased to exist.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

Fears are still there and what divides societies is still there. There are no magic solutions, it's a combat for every day.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

We have to promote a Europe that goes towards greater economic and social wellbeing. Let's not get this wrong. The great defenders of this ultra economically-liberal and unbalanced Europe – the UK – came crashing down on this. What did Brexit play on? On workers from eastern Europe who came to take British jobs. The defenders of the European Union lost because the British lower middle classes said: 'Stop!' He said "extremes feed off imbalances like this" and the European Union couldn't remain shut up in summits and offices and "let things crumble.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

Anyone who thinks the fight against climate change is mere whim by middle-class liberals is deeply wrong.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

Democracy isn't built from the outside without the people. France didn't take part in the Iraq war and that was right. And France was wrong to take part in the war in Libya in the way it did. What was the result of those interventions? Failed states where terrorist groups prospered. I don't want that in Syria. Three: I have red lines on chemical weapons and humanitarian corridors. I said it very clearly to Vladimir Putin. I will be uncompromising on that. So the use of chemical weapons will be met with a response, and even if France acts alone.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

My election, and my majority in parliament are not the end of something: they are a challenging beginning. It's the start of a French renaissance, and I hope a European one.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

Everywhere in our societies, the lower middle classes have started to doubt. We have to create a Europe that protects with a real defence policy and common security.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

When you look at the planet today, what do you see? A rise in illiberal democracies, and extremes in Europe, a reappearance of authoritarian regimes that question the vitality of democracy, and the US in part withdrawing from the world. That context is worsened by a rise in uncertainty and troubles – crises are growing in the Middle East and the Gulf, inequalities are growing everywhere in the world.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

National egotisms are slow poisons that bring about the weakening of democracies and a collective inability to rise up to our historic challenge. I know the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, is conscious of that.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

Yes. When you fix red-lines, if you don't know how to make sure they are respected, you're choosing to be weak. That's not my choice. If chemical weapons are used on the ground and we know how to find out their provencance, France will launch strikes to destroy the chemical weapons stocks.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

I want the discussions that have just started to be perfectly coordinated at a European level. I do not want bilateral discussions, because the interests of the EU must be preserved in the short, medium and long term.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

I want our cooperation to evolve. We absolutely must avoid creating new flashpoint migrant camps.feedback

Michael Russell

There can be absolutely no question of the UK Government attempting to reserve powers in devolved areas – and the Scottish Government would not recommend the Scottish Parliament consents to such proposals. It is deeply concerning that the UK Government seems to intend that repatriated powers in devolved areas like agriculture should go by default to Westminster, with no clear recognition of the need for the consent of the Scottish Parliament. This is clearly unacceptable.feedback

Tom Stringfellow - Frost Investment Advisors

The Bank of England remains on hold for a few obvious reasons (Brexit), although they have also noted increasing concerns that inflationary pressures were taking hold in the British economy.feedback

Ross Campbell

The hung parliament increases the uncertainty associated with Brexit, while also diverting resources and attention away from the economy. This could negatively impact the health of the public finances. As a result, and in order to deliver credible fiscal plans, it's important that government puts strong financial leadership at the top of its priority list.feedback

Polly Toynbee

This is the impasse parliament – nothing can be done by a rudderless government immobilised by a toxic combination of state shrinkers and Europhobes. No gold carriage, no content worth the vellum it’s written on, nothing much to see here; move on. But where to? The Black Rod absurdity of the Queen’s speech flummery does nothing to disguise a rudderless country in the depth of crises unseen since the war as two Conservative-made disasters flap home to roost – Brexit and the great austerity.feedback

Damian Green

There's still the possibility, there's every possibility of a DUP deal. The talks have been taking place in a constructive way. Clearly, two political parties, we have some differences. But we have a lot in common. We're both unionist parties at our heart. We're both obviously very concerned with combating terrorism, we both have similar views about delivering a good Brexit for this country and obviously, we're both very, very concerned with the Irish border issue. But all talks of this kind take a long time, and they're still continuing.feedback

Mike Hawes

We accept that we are leaving the European Union and we share the desire for that departure to be a success. But our biggest fear is that, in two years' time, we fall off a cliff edge – no deal, outside the single market and customs union and trading on inferior WTO terms. This would undermine our competitiveness and our ability to attract the investment that is critical to future growth.feedback