EU states unified in dealing with Brexit
BRDO PRI KRANJU, SLOVENIA (Reuters) – The European Union is more unified in its policy toward Britain’s leaving the bloc than on anything else in its past, the new holder of the EU presidency said yesterday. “I spoke and visited basically all other 26 [EU] member-states and there’s a... convergence on the attitude towards Brexit. I have never seen such a convergence within the European family,” Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat told reporters on the sidelines of a diplomatic conference in Slovenia. When asked to comment on the resignation of Ivan Rogers, the British ambassador to the EU, he said: “That’s a totally national is- sue for them... We stick to the point that there should be no negotiation without notification.” The EU says it will not begin negotiations until Britain formally invokes Article 50 of the EU treaty, triggering withdrawal. British Prime Minister Theresa May says she will do so by the end of March.