EU states uni­fied in deal­ing with Brexit

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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.

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