In Brussels, called on Britain as soon as possible ” to begin a withdrawal from the EU


The British government should as soon as possible to start the procedure for the country’s exit from the European Union. This is stated in the joint statement of the EU Council Donald Tusk, President of Evroparlamenta Martin Schulz, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands which now preside in the EU. The document published on the website of the EU Council after Friday announced the results of a referendum in the UK, the majority of which supported the country’s withdrawal from the European Union.

“We expect that the government of the United Kingdom will begin to execute the decision of the British people as soon as possible, no matter how painful was the process. Any delay only unnecessarily prolong the uncertainty,” — said in a statement.

EU leaders urged to act on “an orderly procedure”, which is stipulated by article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. “We are ready to begin without delay with the UK negotiating the terms and conditions of its exit from the European Union,” — said in Brussels. The authors of the statement stressed that the process is not finished, London will be a full member of the EU.

Tusk, Juncker, Schultz and Rutte stressed that the EU reacted to the results of the referendum “regret but respect.” “This is an unprecedented situation, but we are United in our reaction — promised EU leaders. — The Union’s 27 member States will continue to work. The EU is the frame of our common political future. We are bound by history, geography and common interests and continue our cooperation on this basis.”

A referendum on withdrawal of Britain from the EU ended in victory for the eurosceptics. For Brexit voted 51.9% of voters. Following the vote, Prime Minister David Cameron announced his decision to resign.