BBC Katya Adler reveals EU leaders are ’nervous’ about Boris Johnson’s election majority

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KATYA ADLER has revealed that European Union leaders are “nervous” about Boris Johnson’s predicted majority this election because they are “worried” about what direction he will move with Brexit.

European Union leaders are “nervous” about what Boris Johnson’s predicted majority might mean for Brexit, according to BBC Europe Editor Katya Adler. The journalist reveald that she had been received “worried texts” from EU leaders following the release of the exit poll. The poll predicted a large Tory majorty, with Labour losing a lot of traditional and marginal seats.

She said: “The assumption is if there is a big majority for Boris Johnson, this could allow him flexibility to actually have a softer Brexit or actually let trade deal negotiations go beyond December next year.

“But maybe not. We don’t actually know what Brexit Boris Johnson wants.

“Perhaps he could be more nationalist than we’ve sort of been led to expect so far.

“So EU leaders tonight are sort of nervous as they look ahead.”

Ms Adler added: “What EU leaders will say tomorrow, I’m told, is that they want to underline this ambition for a broad, comprehensive trade deal with the UK after Brexit.

“They don’t believe that can be done in Boris Johnson’s timetable. He says he would like to get this trade deal done with the EU by December of next year.

“What the EU is prepared to say to him is ‘if you want it quick and dirty, fine, but it will have to be under our rules’.

“That would mean the UK signing up to all sorts of EU regulations. Where would be the ‘take back control’ in that?”

Downing Street have said if the exit poll proves correct, they’ll be “cracking on” with Brexit “as soon as possible”.

However, polling expert Sir John Curtice warned that as we get further south and into much more pro-Remain constituencies, we may not see “spectacular advances” by the Conservatives.

Although he said: “There’s a lot of intelligence kicking around suggesting that a lot of the Labour red wall is going to fall to the Conservatives.”

The Conservatives are set to win an overall majority of 86 in the general election, according to an exit poll for the BBC, ITV and Sky News.

The survey taken at UK polling stations suggests the Tories will get 368 MPs – 50 more than at the 2017 election – when all the results have been counted.

Labour would get 191, the Lib Dems 13, the Brexit Party none and the SNP 55.

In one of the first seats to declare, the Conservatives took Blyth Valley in north-east England from Labour.

This is the first time the former mining area will have a Conservative MP – NHS worker Ian Levy.

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