After a debate this morning in the European Parliament, MEP’s today adopted a resolution, with a large nearly two third majority on the way forward after the UK referendum on 23rd June. It stresses that the United Kingdom must respect the wish of a majority of the British citizens and has to officially withdraw from the EU by directly triggering Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union.
This will allow withdrawal negotiations to start as soon as possible and to prevent prolonged uncertainty for businesses and citizens alike. Furthermore, it stresses the fact that the European Union needs to reform and needs a Treaty revision.
ALDE-leader Guy Verhofstadt commented today:
“We cannot afford to be stuck in limbo. The British must not hold the EU to ransom. Triggering Article 50 is necessary, if we are to respect the democratic choice of the British people.”
“We should use this momentum to make the EU work again, which means an effective European government for the Eurozone, a European Border and Coast Guard to safeguard free movement, a European capacity to fight terrorism and a Defence Community. The result of this referendum is a wake-up call which we should use to move forward. We will only be able to turn the tide by working more efficiently together.”