Thursday, 30 June 2016
This is funny but true, UK "has no idea" how to leave EU
Britain could remain in the EU for the foreseeable future, with Downing Street appearing not to know how to negotiate the divorce, US Secretary of State John Kerry said in Colorado at the Aspen Ideas Festival a day after speaking to Prime Minister David Cameron.
The UK will have to implement Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty in order to leave the EU, which would kick-start a process that could last months, if not years before an exit is formalized. This would involve a series of renegotiations of treaties and other headaches for Britain.
“This is a very complicated divorce,” Kerry told the audience in Colorado, days after Cameron announced he was stepping down. The British PM feels “powerless” to negotiate the country’s exit, which he had campaigned against.
According to the US secretary of state, Cameron’s decision is a “fair conclusion – to go out and start negotiating a thing that he doesn’t believe in and he had no idea how he would do it.”
According to Kerry, even the high-profile ‘Leave’ campaigners such as former London Mayor Boris Johnson are also in no hurry to leave. … Full article
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