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"Real" Brexit talks to start after June 8 election -Commission spokesman
April 19, 2017 / 10:53 AM / 4 months ago

"Real" Brexit talks to start after June 8 election -Commission spokesman

BRUSSELS, April 19 (Reuters) - The president of the European Commission believes that "real talks" between the European Union and Britain on Brexit will only start after British snap elections called for June 8, an EU spokesman said on Wednesday.

A Commission spokesman said that the EU's chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker and British Prime Minister Theresa May had a phone call on Tuesday evening, following May's call for early elections in June.

"Following their conversation, the president considers that the real political negotiations on Article 50 with the United Kingdom will start after the elections foreseen for the 8th of June," the spokesman said, referring to EU treaty rule that regulates the exit of a member state from the bloc. (Reporting by Francesco Guarascio @fraguarascio and Alastair Macdonald, editing by Robin Emmott)

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