UK will trig­ger Ar­ti­cle 50 for Brexit, says Merkel

The Myanmar Times - - World -

CHAN­CEL­LOR An­gela Merkel said she was con­vinced Bri­tain would trig­ger Ar­ti­cle 50, formalising its vote for Brexit and start­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions on its Euro­pean Union exit.

“I ab­so­lutely be­lieve that the re­quest will be made,” Ms Merkel told pub­lic broad­caster ZDF on July 10.

“The next step is that they will trig­ger Ar­ti­cle 50 which they will want to do only once they have a new prime min­is­ter ... I as­sume in prin­ci­ple they will do that,” she said.

It will be down to the United King­dom’s new prime min­is­ter to trig­ger Ar­ti­cle 50 of the EU’s Lis­bon Treaty, which starts a two-year clock run­ning on a coun­try’s exit from the bloc after

cur­rent PM David Cameron said he would leave the task to his suc­ces­sor.

Bri­tish Con­ser­va­tives must first choose their new leader – who will also be­come prime min­is­ter – on Septem­ber 9. They will choose be­tween In­te­rior Min­is­ter Theresa May and ju­nior en­ergy min­is­ter An­drea Lead­som.

Fol­low­ing the June 23 ref­er­en­dum in which 17.4 mil­lion vot­ers – 51.9 per­cent of the bal­lots cast – backed Brexit, Ms Merkel ar­gued Bri­tain needed time to de­cide on the way for­ward.

But shortly af­ter­ward, she joined Euro­pean coun­ter­parts, in­clud­ing French Pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hollande, in call­ing for Bri­tain to make a de­ci­sive break from the EU. –

Photo: AFP

An­gela Merkel is now adding pres­sure on the UK to leave the EU.

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