Dutch politicians have responded to the British general election, saying that the result will not affect Brexit, but might mean a better trading relationship.
British prime minister Theresa May, whose Conservatives lost their majority, has announced that they will work with the Irish Democratic Unionist party to provide a government and proceed with Brexit talks.
NOS broadcaster reports that Eurogroup chairman and Dutch finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem believes the result could deliver a ‘better negotiating position’ for Europe since the DUP is keen on open trade.
Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte, who has talked of what the Netherlands has to gain by free trade with Britain, said in a tweet on Friday morning: ‘The British people have chosen. We’ll have to see what the new constellation means for #Brexit. NL ready for co-operation.’
Meanwhile, Geert Wilders, head of the far-right PVV and second largest party in the Netherlands said in a tweet: ‘Trust me. Brexit, Nexit and the end of the undemocratic islam[sic]-loving monster called EU will all happen. There is no alternative.’
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