EU calls for swift start of negotiations on Brexit

BRUSSELS, June 26 (KUNA) — The EU is calling on Britain to swiftly begin negotiations to leave the bloc saying it will be in the interest of both Britain and the EU, a senior EU official said Sunday evening.
Briefing journalists ahead of the two-day EU summit in Brussels on Tuesday and Wednesday, the official however said he does not expect that British Prime Minister David Cameron will trigger the article 50 of the EU treaty to withdraw from the Union during his meeting with EU leaders on Tuesday.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, noted that there is “a significant political crisis in the UK” after Thursday’s referendum and this might need some time for Britain to begin the negotiations to leave the Union.
The meeting will be the first opportunity for Cameron to explain the situation in Britain and the decision taken by the British people, who voted to leave the EU.
On Wednesday morning the 27 Heads of State or Government will meet informally over breakfast to discuss the political and practical implications of Brexit.
Leaders will discuss the so-called divorce process as described in Article 50 of the Treaty. At this occasion the EU leaders will launch a wider reflection on the future of the European Union with 27 member statesm, he said.
The official stressed that “the UK will become a third country once it leaves the EU.” (end) nk