The European Union will stick to a timetable for preparing to launch Brexit negotiations with Britain, despite Theresa May calling for a snap general election on June 8, an EU spokesman said on Tuesday.
A motion for a new vote ahead of schedule needs to be carried by two-thirds of the 650 seats in the House of Commons, including vacant seats.
May triggered a two-year countdown to Britain's exit from the European Union last month, and high-stakes negotiations to settle divorce terms and agree on a new relationship are expected to start within weeks.
He said the the Council would adhere to the current timeline; adopting the Brexit guidelines by April 29 and pushing on with outlining the directives as from May 22.
After Theresa May called for a General Election this morning, United Kingdom voters have taken to social media to express their thoughts and predictions for our future.
"But that will give Theresa May's administration the authority to go into Brexit talks with an electoral mandate - and end the criticism levelled at her that "no-one elected you". She has repeatedly said she does not want to be distracted by time-consuming campaigning.
May took over as prime minister after David Cameron resigned following the Brexit vote on June 23, when Britain made a decision to leave the European Union.
The election will be held June 8.
A survey by ICM on Tuesday gave the Conservatives a 18 percentage point lead over the main Labour opposition party, and other polls over the last week have put the lead at over 20 percentage points.