France says need quick start of Brexit talks, no ‘cat and mouse game’

By: | Published: June 25, 2016 4:58 PM

Of course a new (British) PM must be appointed, that will probably require a few days but this is quite urgent, said Jean-Marc Ayrault.

,said Jean-Marc Ayrault. (Reuters)It would not be acceptable for Britain to play a ‘cat and mouse’ game ,said Jean-Marc Ayrault. (Reuters)

Britain must quickly trigger the Article 50 clause that allows talks to start on its exit from the European Union, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said on Saturday after a meeting of six European foreign ministers in Berlin.

It would not be acceptable for Britain to play a “cat and mouse” game, he told reporters.

“Of course a new (British) prime minister must be appointed, that will probably require a few days but this is quite urgent,” Ayrault said.

“It’s in Britain’s interest and in the interest of Europeans not to have a period of uncertainty that would have financial consequences, and that could have economic and political consequences,” he added.

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Belgium’s foreign minister Didier Reynders said Europe must deliver answers on immigration, security and jobs.

His Dutch counterpart Bert Koenders said Europe could not accept a political vacuum. “This will not be business as usual,” he said.

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