The French press note that their UK counterparts are viewing Emmanuel Macron’s victory as bad news for Brexit. But Jill Rutter says that will be tempered by his number one priority: fixing the French economy.
Theresa May has announced her intention to hold a general election on 8 June. Oliver Ilott argues that this will have more impact on the domestic programme for Brexit than on the international negotiations.
Peter Mandelson, former Cabinet Minister, EU Trade Commissioner, Remain campaigner, and lifelong Europhile, came to the IfG to share his insights on the upcoming Brexit negotiations. Jill Rutter says he will hope Prime Minister Theresa May was listening.
Oliver Ilott argues that Theresa May will need to carve out a group of three or four Cabinet colleagues to make the rapid decisions necessary to negotiate a deal with the EU inside the two-year window.
Next week Theresa May has to write her "Dear Donald" letter to the European Council President, Donald Tusk. But, Jill Rutter says, there is no script for this unprecedented move – so how might she decide to start the long goodbye?