BBC EUROPE Editor Katya Adler revealed on tonight’s live coverage of the exit poll results that EU leaders “welcomed” the Conservative majority.
She said on the show presented by Huw Edwards that there was an “interesting atmosphere” among the EU leaders. She said: “Well, there’s a really interesting atmosphere tonight. You have all the leaders of the EU together because they’re at an EU summit right now.
“And as the poll results came out, the leaders were supposed to be discussing Libya.
“But I’ve been told everybody was on their phone trying to have a look at what the results are. And why is that?
“It’s about what you talked about, it’s about uncertainty. It’s been damaging for this country.
“It’s been damaging for the whole of the EU. And has impacted on the economies, particularly of our closest trading partners in the European Union.
“I received a text message almost straight away from a politician in a country that is traditionally pretty close to the UK, saying this might mean saying goodbye to our British friends.
“Other text messages said we welcome the result.
“To point this out, this is nothing to do with politics. Everybody knows this is just an exit poll at the moment – it could change.
“But if this result is confirmed this is what the EU wants to see.
“It’s not about Labour, it’s not about Conservative, it’s about having a clear path forward and ending the uncertainty.”
Ms Adler also said that if this is a “big win” for Prime Minister Boris Johnson then it could mean he will ignore the more extreme Brexiteers in his party.
She continued: “He could perhaps have a closer relationship with the EU after Brexit.
“So those are the initial thoughts tonight.
“But I have to disappoint you. Any thought that uncertainty might disappear – if these poll results are confirmed – forget it, this is Brexit stage one.
“If we leave the European Union in January, we go into Brexit stage two. Trade negotiations, and then we’ll be told the clock is ticking once again.”
Ms Adler then said that Mr Johnson is confident that he can get this deal done in less than 11 months – by December 2020.
However, she revealed that the EU is “very sceptical about that”.
It comes as Mr Johnson’s Tories have managed to garner a major win in Blyth Valley, which was previously a Labour seat.
The third result of the general election has delivered a significant blow to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s party.
The region is a former mining community in the north of England which has historically always been a staunch Labour stronghold.
The seat was won by a slim majority of 712 votes.
But it was predicted to be Labour’s 85th most vulnerable seat.