United Kingdom government was unprepared for Brexit vote — EU's Schulz

Casey Mills
September 23, 2016

He expressed alarm at the recent upsurge in xenophobia in Britain.

Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty begins a two-year countdown during which negotiations would have to be complete, so it would need to be invoked by May next year for talks to be finished by the time European Union elections come.

Downing Street later insisted that Mr Tusk's comments were only his "interpretation" of the meeting.

When asked about Johnson's comment, a Downing Street spokeswoman said: "The Government's position has not changed - we will not trigger Article 50 before the end of 2016 and we are using this time to prepare for the negotiations".

He insisted: "The two things have nothing to do with each other. We should go for a jumbo free trade deal and take back control of our immigration policy".

They go further than Prime Minister Theresa May, who has said only that Article 50 will not be invoked before the start of 2017.

He has urged Theresa May to "get cracking" with the exit process, and said that Europe should not treat the United Kingdom "as a deserter". "However, each of the 27 remaining national government should be negotiating in the interests of those that democratically elected them". The Herald has been told that Mrs May hopes to hold the first intergovernmental meeting by the end of October.

Brexit minister David Davis was also rebuked this month for saying it was "very improbable" Britain would stay in the single market.

European Union leaders have previously ruled out any restriction on freedom of movement within the European Union, arguing it is intrinsically tied to the single market.

Britain's allies fear that its exit from the EU could mark a turning point in post-Cold War worldwide affairs that will weaken the West in relation to China and Russian Federation, undermine efforts towards European integration and hurt global free trade.

An independent think tank has released a damning report rubbishing the pro-EU StrongerIN campaign's central claim that Britain needs the EU to prosper.

"But she has also created a Brexit vacuum".

"But in terms of what the British PM is now doing, I think that she is charting a sensible course of action to try and find a way through which stabilises this for Britain and stabilises it for the rest of the world". We want to avoid surprises, " a source told Reuters. "There will have to be compromise".

"Yes, my political generation knows the cost of intervention - but we are also beginning to understand the cost of not intervening, said Mr Osborne". Hard Brexit did not. "The mainstream majority in our country do not want to be governed from the extremes", he added.

But Mr Johnson said it was possible the process of leaving could be completed quicker than some expect.

"What Japanese businesses in Europe most wish to avoid is the situation in which they are unable to discern clearly the way the Brexit negotiations are going, only grasping the whole picture at the last minute", Japan said.

"She has said she will deliver on the Brexit vote and she won't kick it into the long grass, but she will do it when she considers she can secure the best deal for Britain".

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