EU chiefs say Britain must leave ‘as soon as possible’

EU chiefs say Britain must leave ‘as soon as possible’
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[Ed. – Breaking up is hard to do.]

EU chiefs told Britain to start negotiations to quit the bloc “as soon as possible”, after outgoing Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday he would leave the negotiations to his successor.

“We now expect the United Kingdom government to give effect to this decision of the British people as soon as possible, however painful that process may be,” said a joint statement after Britons voted for a Brexit.

“Any delay would unnecessarily prolong uncertainty.”

The statement was issued by EU president Donald Tusk, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker, EU Parliament leader Martin Schulz and Dutch premier Mark Rutte, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the bloc, after crisis talks in Brussels.

Cameron announced he would step down to make way for a new leader by October, adding that the new prime minister would be responsible for officially triggering Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty to start Britain’s divorce from the bloc.

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