Czechs left bemused by British elections
For the second time in just under two years, Britain has left most of the rest of Europe bemused. The Brexit referendum has been followed by a snap election aimed at giving a strong Brexit negotiating hand with Brussels to the ruling Conservatives. That clearly backfired and like the rest, Czechs are now trying to work out what happens next.
The result is that the Conservatives lost their overall parliamentary majority with the best chance of staying in power a deal with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party. On many issues they are even more nationalist and pro-monarchy than the Conservatives but are not seeking a ‘hard’ border with the Irish Republic after Brexit. Prime Minister May looks like damaged goods with her own future uncertain.
ʺDuring the elections in Britain, it was parties that weren’t linked with Brexit that won votes. The Conservative Party has been weakened. Now we must wait to see who forms a government and what sort of mandate they will have for the Brexit negotiations. I hope it does not take too long because we have already lost several months since Britain officially announced Brexit which was in March."
The Brexit negotiations are actually supposed to start on June 19. Labour is officially in favour of a ʺsoft Brexit," meaning trying to stay in the EU’s single market.
And that is a line partly taken up by Czech journalist in Britain Jan Jůn, speaking to Czech Radio:
"It’s quite possible that she [May] will have a reason to refuse a hard Brexit because of how the elections have turned out.ʺ