EU "ready and well-prepared" to kick off Brexit talks after British snap election

Source: Xinhua| 2017-06-09 20:32:44|Editor: xuxin
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BRUSSELS, June 9 (Xinhua) -- The European Union (EU) is "ready and well-prepared" to kick off the Brexit negotiation, after Britain's snap election on Thursday resulted in a hung parliament with no party winning majority, a spokesman of the European Commission said on Friday.

"We here in the European Commission are ready to do business and ready to start negotiations," Alexander Winterstein, deputy chief spokesperson of the Commission, said at the midday press briefing.

"We hope that the UK will be able to form a stable government as soon as possible and our negotiating team headed by Michel Barnier is very well prepared," he added, but declined to say more on this issue.

As British Prime Minister Theresa May gambled her political future on calling for a snap general election seven weeks ago, results from Thursday's election showed that her party can not form a majority government.

With 647 out of 650 seats declared, the Conservatives won 316 seats, but failed to hit the 326-seat threshold for majority. Labour won 261 seats.