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EU leaders reject informal talks with UK on 'Brexit'

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 01:16

European Union leaders insist there will be 'no informal talks' with the British government until it makes a formal request to leave. Yiming Woo reports.

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Britain sinks deeper into political chaos after the vote to leave the European Union. Prime Minister David Cameron, who has resigned, says he'll stay on until October. He says the formal process of leaving the EU, known as Article 50, won't be triggered until his successor takes his place. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, DAVID CAMERON, SAYING: "In the last few days I've spoken to (German) Chancellor Merkel, (French) President Hollande and a number of other European leaders. We've discussed the need to prepare for the negotiations and in particular the fact that the British government will not be triggering Article 50 at this stage. Before we do that we need to determine the kind of relationship we want with the EU." However, many European leaders aren't pleased with this delay, and say it worsens the political and economic uncertainty. German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the EU won't negotiate with Britain in the meantime. (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN CHANCELLOR, ANGELA MERKEL, SAYING: "We are in agreement that there can be no informal or formal talks about Great Britain's exit before the European Council has received a request from Great Britain about its exit." After Britain puts in its formal request, it will have two years to exit the European Union.

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EU leaders reject informal talks with UK on 'Brexit'

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 01:16