No talks until Britain triggers Article 50 says Angela Merkel

No talks until Britain triggers Article 50 says Angela Merkel

Chancellor Angela Merkel and PM David Cameron

The leaders of Germany, France and Italy have said there can be no negotiations with Britain on its departure from the European Union until it has formally declared its intention to quit.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said “we agree there will be no formal or informal talks” with Britain until Article 50 of the EU treaty has been invoked.

She was speaking in Berlin after meeting with French President Francois Hollande and Italian premier Matteo Renzi.

Earlier, Ms Merkel said she has a “certain amount of understanding” for the fact that Britain may need “a certain amount of time” to analyse what happens next.

But she would not comment on whether it is acceptable for Britain to wait until a new PM is in place, following David Cameron’s decision to step down in the wake of the referendum result.

Mr Renzi has already warned that Brussels cannot afford to spend a “year on procedures” for Britain’s exit.

Briefing his country’s Senate earlier on Monday, he noted that the EU “spent a year on negotiations” aimed at satisfying Britain ahead of last week’s referendum.

The EU summit this week on Britain’s departure “won’t be the last”, Mr Renzi said, but he added that those meetings must concentrate on “the relaunching of Europe, not just procedures”.

He said “pluck, lucidity and intelligence” are needed by European leaders, adding that now is not the time for improvisation.

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Jun 28, 2016 12:28 pm

Cameron should ge on with it and start the process going if he truly lov s this country as he stated in his resignation speech.

Jun 28, 2016 12:29 pm

Why is he wasting time then? Move on and no more tricks

Jun 28, 2016 12:31 pm

Cameron us full of tricks and I really don’t see the reason why he is stalling? After all it will take 2 years