June 12, 2017 / 10:59 AM / 6 months ago

EU hopes Brexit talks can stick to timeline

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union’s negotiating team is ready for Britain’s exit talks and hopes the agreed timetable, which has a start date of June 19, can hold, a top EU official said.

European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Commissioner Johannes Hahn speaks during a news conference at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium June 12, 2017. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

“It is up to the UK to form a government and we hope that that will happen quickly. The results are not likely to simplify the situation, but from our side, the preparations have been made. Mr. Barnier stands ready with his team,” Johannes Hahn, the European Commissioner who oversees EU membership bids, said on Monday, referring to the bloc’s negotiator Michel Barnier.

“We are extremely interested in a good, reasonable outcome and the idea is that we stick to the timeline (of the talks),” Hahn told a news conference.

Reporting by Robin Emmott; editing by Philip Blenkinsop

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