The European Union’s Brexit plans remain unchanged by Theresa May’s snap election announcement.
The UK prime minister, who had promised not to call an election before 2020, said she planned to call a snap general election on 8 June.
European Council President Donald Tusk’s spokesman said the 27 other EU states would forge ahead as planned.
Tusk’s spokesman said the UK elections do not change EU27 plans.
He added: “We expect to have the Brexit guidelines adopted by the European Council on 29 April and following that the Brexit negotiating directives ready on 22 May. This will allow the EU27 to start negotiations.”
The Council President tweeted Tusk and May had a good conversation on the phone following the announcement.
An EU official on the negotiating team told the BBC that they were hopeful the outcome may even improve negotiations.
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said “predictability and reliability” were “more important than ever” in the wake of the Brexit vote.
There was also speculation among European politicians over what impact the election result would have on Britain’s approach to Brexit.
In Russia, meanwhile, the Kremlin has said it has “no particular interest” in the election.