It is up to the UK to determine the starting point for the departure from the EU. That, President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, today explicitly emphasized in a brief telephone conversation with British Prime Minister Theresa May, announced its spokesman.
May Juncker inquired about the situation that has arisen after a British court had determined Thursday that the British government the parliamentary approval required for the activation of the so-called Article 50 procedure to withdraw from the EU.
The British prime minister said earlier that it would happen in late March, but because the case is presented that may not be achieved to a higher court. About postponement Juncker would not speculate, said his spokeswoman. ,, The timing is a matter for the UK authorities, the Commission respects the constitutional order in the UK. '
Timing not changed
May repeated according to its spokesman that the timetable to invoke Article 50 has not changed. Moreover, she is confident that the Supreme Court's judgment of the court reverses appeal.
British Prime Minister expressed itself in similar terms in a telephone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The same message also brings them later in the day about the French President Francois Hollande and President of the European Council Donald Tusk.
The 27 other EU Member States would prefer that the British make their departure as soon as possible. If London has done so, British membership of the EU expires in principle two years later.
By Editors AD: Photo: AFP