“David Cameron has said that the next Prime Minister, who is due to take up office by September 9, should decide when to start exit talks and trigger Article 50.
Tory leadership hopeful Michael Gove has said that he would only “trigger Article 50 when good and ready” but it would definitely not be done this year.
His rival Theresa May also has confirmed that she would not trigger Article 50 this year but Andrea Leadsom has vowed to trigger Article 50 immediately if she becomes Prime Minister.”
COULD the EU trigger Article 7 to strong-arm Britain if the UK refuses to start formal Brexit talks as soon as possible?.
Top EU leaders have made it clear that they want Britain to leave the EU without delay in order to end the uncertainty caused by the Brexit vote.
Jean-Claude Juncker, Donald Tusk and Martin Schulz said the UK “must give effect to this decision of the British people as soon as possible, however painful that process may be”.
But some Tory leadership candidates have advocated delaying the use of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which would start the two-year process of Britain’s withdrawal from the EU.
In the event of a stand-off, it has been suggested that the EU could trigger Article 7 of the same treaty in order to suspend Britain’s rights within the EU.
But European Union law experts say that it is “almost unthinkable”…
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