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Lars Lundqvist - Roubini Global Economics
As a pro-European, he would maintain the Franco-German alliance and bring some renewed optimism to the European project, which has seemed unstable over the past year. Our base case is that Macron will win.feedback
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NEW Apr 28 2017
“And yet we have a Westminster government with one MP in Scotland thinking it's got the right to lay down the law. I suspect history will look back on today and see it as the day the fate of the union was sealed.” said Nicola Sturgeon speaking about Brexit. It’s one of the 766 quotes about Brexit you can find on this page. 440 people have said something about this topic. Among them: Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn and Donald Tusk. Browse the quotes by date and by name to find those that are relevant to you.
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Howard Archer - IHS

We suspect markedly weakening consumer fundamentals, likely mounting caution over making major spending decisions, and elevated house price to earnings ratios will weigh down further on housing market activity and house prices over the coming months.feedback

Robert Gardner - Nationwide

It is too early to conclude whether the slowdown in house price growth is merely a blip, a reflection of the impact of the squeeze on household budgets, or is due to mounting affordability pressures in key areas of the country. Given the ongoing uncertainties around the UK's future trading arrangements and the upcoming election, the economic outlook is unusually uncertain, and housing market trends will depend crucially on developments in the wider economy.feedback

Guy Verhofstadt

The creation of a European constituency could help to re-invigorate and democratise the Union after what may be bruising divorce proceedings.feedback

Guy Verhofstadt

A solution has to be found for the seats made vacant in the European Parliament after Brexit. The size of the Parliament should be reduced to below 700, but Brexit provides a window of opportunity to establish of a limited number of transnational seats.feedback

Richard Donnell

Buyers outside the south of England appear to be shrugging off concerns over Brexit and a squeeze on real incomes to take advantage of low mortgage rates. This is shifting the dynamics of the housing market.feedback

Angela Merkel

In terms of substance and organization, we are very well prepared.feedback

Angela Merkel

Negotiations about Britain's EU exit will demand a lot in the next two years, not only from the European Union but also from Britain itself. I think there is no doubt about it. We can therefore assume a strong signal of unity from the European Council of 27 on the day after tomorrow.feedback

Guntram Wolff - Bruegel

That is a very precarious message, which ultimately will not work. You cannot sell Europe on the feeling that leaving is painful. The one point where she was very clear, and very strict, was that we first have to finish the negotiations on the terms of exit itself, and only then talk about future relations.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

Theresa May

I think the real issue is blank cheque. It's what mandate does she claim, on Brexit and on the health service and all the other things. I think the most powerful argument for Labour in this election because of the way the polls are, and the way the opinion polls are and the leadership issue, the most powerful argument for Labour is to say it's important for our democracy that the government is held to account and needs a strong opposition.feedback

Jonathan Steele

By offering an unambiguous plan to abort Brexit, the party would be back on the side of the 48%Labour’s Brexit policy has been widely criticised on two main fronts, and rightly so. Its spokesman Keir Starmer doesn’t offer the electorate anything substantially different from what the Tories are proposing, and ducks a clear answer to the question of what a Labour government would do if parliament dislikes the final deal offered by the EU. Does Britain step into a void, the so-called cliff-edge route, or does it remain an EU member?feedback

Louis Grech

All delegations agreed with the overall thrust of the guidelines and expressed their full support. We made it very clear in the guidelines that the single market is indivisible and [there] will not be cherrypicking.feedback

Angela Merkel

Countries with a third country status – and that's what Great Britain will be – cannot and will not have the same or even more rights as a member of the European Union. You may think that all this is self-evident. But I have to put this so clearly because I get the impression that some in Great Britain still have illusions about this and that is a waste of time.feedback

Felix Hufeld

We are in the hot phase. In the next six to eight weeks there will be a series of decisions. Even if there were to be transition arrangements, they would come at such short notice. If they come four weeks ahead of time, then that does nothing for you.feedback

Lutz Raettig

The time for making decisions is soon. People want to know for sure what direction they are taking by the summer. They can wait a little longer but not much more.feedback

Lutz Raettig

March 2019 is not far away and we are running out of time.feedback

Mike Hawes

Our experience of trade deals is that they take many, many years. We have the advantage that our regulations are in the same place but all the sounds from Brussels has been to say that it will be the divorce first and the rest later. It is no surprise that this reality is now taking hold in the UK. I think Boris Johnson has accepted as much. We don't always see eye to eye with the hardline Brexiteers. There are around 400 models of cars on the market and it is a very small minority, albeit an important one, made [solely] in the UK.feedback

Erik Jonnaert

The reason why we are gathering today is that we want to get the message across to the negotiators that our industry is key to Europe, and I mean all 28 member states.feedback

Erik Jonnaert

Whatever we are going to do following Brexit it will cause some pain, so the question is how can we do it in the best possible way.feedback

Cecilia Malmström - European Trade

It's uncharted territory but I'm sure we will solve it. We will have a free trade agreement, that is for sure.feedback

Stephen Lotinga

Whatever the makeup of the new government, they must ensure that any post-Brexit trade settlement it reaches with the EU and other countries reinforces this success.feedback

Carolyn Fairbairn - Confederation of British Industry

In today's inter-connected economy, which relies on supply chains crossing borders and nations, our fates are intertwined. Whether it's tariffs or regulation, a no-deal scenario would have chilling effects on both sides of the Channel. Across the Continent, businesses are the wealth creators. They're generating jobs, supporting families and changing lives. And many are now looking at how Brexit will affect the way they work. When European decision-makers have conversations with their firms, they'll find that many want to get on with discussing a new trading relationship.feedback

Lockwood Smith

The world needs you right now, whatever you do, don't waste this moment.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Every vote for him is a vote for a chaotic Brexit. Every vote for him is a vote for a coalition of chaos – a weak leader propped up by the Liberal Democrats and the Scottish Nationalists.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Strong leadership is about standing up for the many, not the few. But when it comes to the Prime Minister and the Conservatives, they only look after the richest, not the rest. Far from building a strong economy, schools and our NHS are being cut, people can't afford homes and millions can't make ends meet. That doesn't add up to a stronger economy for anyone.feedback

Liam Fox

We want to take advantage of all the opportunities available to us, to ensure that Britain becomes a global leader in free trade.feedback

Miles Briggs

This shows you exactly where Kezia Dugdale's priorities lie. For her to say Brexit – which was backed by more than a million Scots – would be as bad as the SNP's break-up plan is beyond belief.feedback

David Cameron

I thought it (the ban) was misconceived from the outset.feedback

Michael Sapin

I believe that there is an issue of sovereignty and security of European monetary markets and therefore the majority of the clearing houses cannot remain in London. There will be movement, there will be a displacement and actually many of the financial institutions are already preparing themselves towards that. I don't see how it could be a good thing for the City. The City will remain a large financial centre, will remain important for Europe as well as for the rest of the world.feedback

David Cameron

I would hope that we will be able to agree, as it were, the first bits of divorce – it's a bit like a divorce, you have to deal with the money and then access to the children afterwards. And I think we can settle the principles of that and then get on with the nature of the relationship. If business and industry can see, as it were, the landing zone of where you're going to end up, I don't think there then needs to be a fall in confidence about what happens next.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

David Davis

We want the European Union to be united. We must avoid unnecessary burden on business, but we also want to make sure that our new approach maintains or ensures access to markets from Croatia to California.feedback

Eilidh Whiteford

It's absolutely critically important the fishing industry is not sold out on the way out of the EU as it was on the way in. If we leave the single market as well as the EU, then we create some real challenges for those parts of the industry that export to EU countries and to other parts of the world via EU trade agreements.feedback

Miles Briggs

Mr Salmond has let the cat out of the bag. The SNP's objective in this election is to manufacture a case for independence - just as they have tried to do with Brexit. Nobody takes Nicola Sturgeon's claim otherwise seriously - not even Alex Salmond.feedback

Sylvie Matherat - Deutsche Bank

For front office people if you want to deal with EU clients you need to be based in the EU, in continental Europe. Does that mean that I have to move all the front office people to Germany or not? Everybody needs clarity – and the sooner the better.feedback

Ross Thomson

The Greens have to put up or shut up. They can't pretend to be a proper party while sitting this election out and begging its voters to back someone else. It's also very telling that the SNP has taken this step. It shows the party is rattled and running scared, and its MPs right across Scotland are terrified of losing their seats.feedback

Jeremy Hunt

The country listened to what they said and voted to leave the EU. I am absolutely certain that if we get a good outcome from the Brexit negotiations, there will be more money for the NHS because our economy will be stronger.feedback

Boris Johnson

I was amazed, when walking the backstreets of Uxbridge, to find a little company that makes the wooden display counters that are used to sell the duty-free Toblerones in every Saudi Arabian airport. If we can crack markets like that, think what we can do when we have free trade deals with America, where they still have a ban on British haggis. Think of our potential whisky sales to India if only we could negotiate a cut in their duty of 150% on Scotch.feedback

Sylvie Matherat - Deutsche Bank

For front office people if you want to deal with EU clients you need to be based in the EU, in continental Europe. Does that mean that I have to move all the front office people to Germany or not? What are you going to do: Do you have the technical capacity to move it? Do you have the willingness of the local regulators to supervise something that looks like hundreds of trillions in terms of exposure.feedback

Jes Staley

You will start to see movement in a reasonably short period of time. It's going to be reasonably hard to get certainty around that implementation phase such that people halt.feedback

Douglas Flint - HSBC

One hopes that after the election is over, the government has clarity of mandate and more capacity to negotiate.feedback

David Davis

The government has made it very clear it wants to secure the rights of EU nationals living in Britain at the earliest chance in the negotiations. I am confident we can achieve very early agreement on these issues. No one wants to pull up the drawbridge. A global Britain will always want the brightest and the best. The UK departure from the EU should not be viewed through a protectionist lens. On both sides, negotiations will be conducted in a spirit of sincere cooperation. We want the EU to be united. We want negotiations to be swift and effective, so unity helps with that.feedback

Jes Staley

We have 3,000 employees in the UK who have EU passports. We would love to be able to give certainty to them as soon as possible that they are secure. Intellectual capital is the most important asset that London has.feedback

David Davis

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

David Cameron

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

Colin Yeo

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

Robert Goodwill

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

Gina Miller

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

Eloise Todd

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

Rafael Behr

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

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

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

Peter Mandelson

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

Charles Grant

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

Theresa May

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

Theresa May

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

Keir Starmer

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

Dominic Grieve

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

Keir Starmer

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

Jim Reid - Deutsche Bank

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

Hussein Sayed

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

Teeuwe Mevissen - Rabobank

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

Keir Starmer

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

David Mundell

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

Sam Glover

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

Andreas Treichl - Erste Group Bank

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

Alison Brittain - Costa

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

James McGrory

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

Owen Jones

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

David Blanchflower

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

George Osborne

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

Shami Chakrabarti

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

Aditya Chakrabortty

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

David Lomas

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

David Lomas

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

Alistair Jarvis

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

Neil Carmichael

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

Sally Hunt

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

Iain Duncan Smith

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

Keir Starmer

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

Keir Starmer

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

John Minor - Aon

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

Tamara Sender

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

Steve Krouskos

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

Wyndham Lewis-Baxter

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

George Turner

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

Sally Warren

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

Emily Wallace - Vauxhall

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

Emily Wallace - Vauxhall

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

Nia Griffith

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

Nia Griffith

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

Bruno Jeanbart - Opinionway

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

Tony Blair

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

Stephen Dorrell

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

James McGrory

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

Tony Blair

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

Andrew Gwynne

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

Emmanuel Macron

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

Steve Krouskos

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

Jeremy Corbyn

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

Jeremy Corbyn

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

Jeremy Corbyn

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

Tony Blair

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

Elodie Domenge

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

Sonia Delesalle-Stolper

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

Philip Hammond

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

Tony Blair

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

Tony Blair

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

Tony Blair

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

Derek Mackay

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

Aaron Banks

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

Patrick McLoughlin

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

Paul Nuttall

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

Andrew Goodwin - Oxford Economics

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

Johnny Heald

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

Iain Conn - Centrica

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

Norman Pickavance

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

James Shields

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

Tim Farron

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

Tim Farron

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

Tim Farron

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

David Blunkett

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

Guy Verhofstadt

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

Keir Starmer

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

Guy Verhofstadt

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

Vince Cable - Stansted Airport

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

Theresa May

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

Paul Christopher

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

Laith Khalaf - Hargreaves Lansdown

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

Andrew Sentance - PricewaterhouseCoopers

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

Wolfgang Schäuble

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

Neil Carmichael

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

Jonathan Freedland

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

Jennifer Rubin

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

Michael Saunders - Bank of England

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

Gina Miller

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

Ian Murray

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

Theresa May

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

Anne-Laure Donskoy

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

Antonio Tajani

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

Samia Badani

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

Laurie Sage

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

Chuka Umunna

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

Ruth Gregory - Capital Economics

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

Marine Le Pen

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

Alfonso Esparza

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

Jean-Marc Ayrault

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

Jim Yong Kim - World Bank Group

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

Jim Yong Kim - World Bank Group

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

Jim Yong Kim - World Bank Group

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

Jeremy Corbyn

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

Patrick McLoughlin

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

Daran Hill

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

Tom Devine

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

Nicola Sturgeon

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

Tom Devine

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

Theresa May

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

John Major

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

John Major

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

John Major

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

John Major

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

John Major

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

Angus Robertson

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

Jeff Crisp

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

Martin Kettle

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

Mark Carney - Bank of England

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

Mark Carney - Bank of England

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

Nigel Farage

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

Antonio Tajani

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

Lukman Otunuga

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

Nigel Farage

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

Nigel Farage

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

Paul Nuttall

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

Theresa May

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

Neil Hermon

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

Jim Cramer

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

Theresa May

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

Theresa May

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

Chris Turner - ING Financial Markets

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

Graeme Souness

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

Margaritis Schinas - European Commission

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

Theresa May

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

Nicola Sturgeon

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

Alex Dryden - JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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

Donald Tusk - European Council

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

Anand Menon

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

Kallum Pickering - Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co.

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

Philip Shaw - Investec

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

Theresa May

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

Tim Bale

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

Gaspard Flamant

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

Charles Grant

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

Theresa May

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