Merkel had tied the beginning of a British exit from the EU with the departure of Cameron

The implementation of the provisions of article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and the beginning of formal British exit from the European Union will start after the election of the new Prime Minister of the country and the resignation of the current Prime Minister, David Cameron, said German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

“The decision [of the British to leave the EU] was adopted, and the next step Britain will do only when she will be the new Prime Minister”, — quotes Reuters the words of Merkel’s interview with German TV channel ZDF. “I expect that this will happen. I deal with reality,” — said Merkel.

A referendum on British exit from the EU was held on June 23, at the exit from the European Union voted 51.9% of voters. Prime Minister David Cameron expressed for the preservation of the country in the EU, after the vote, announced his imminent resignation.

Party members of Cameron’s Conservative party in the British Parliament had two candidates for the post of Tory leader, who will lead the government. They were two women: the Minister of internal Affairs Theresa may and Minister of energy Andrea Leeds. Until September 9 125 thousand members of the party will have to choose one of the candidates.

During the parliamentary vote may vote in 199 of 330 Tory MPs. Leeds received 84 votes. Justice Minister Michael Gove dropped out of the race, finishing in third place with 46 votes.

The next day after the vote, the head of the European Council Donald Tusk, European Parliament President Martin Schulz, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Prime Minister of the Netherlands mark rutte, in a joint statement urged the UK government to start to implement the outcome of the referendum. “We expect the United Kingdom government will begin to execute the decision of the British people as soon as possible, no matter how painful the process. Any delay only unnecessarily prolong the uncertainty,” — said in a statement.

The requirement to immediately initiate the process of a British exit from the EU contained in the European Parliament resolution, however, this document is not legally binding.