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European Parliament to Push for Brexit Talks to End in 2019

© Flickr / ALDE CommunicationLeader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Group in the European Parliament Guy Verhofstadt
Leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Group in the European Parliament Guy Verhofstadt - Sputnik International
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The EU wants the talks on Brexit to end by 2019, before elections are held in the European Parliament (EP), EP chief negotiator Guy Verhofstadt said Tuesday.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The European Union wants the talks on the so-called Brexit, the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the bloc, to end by 2019, before elections are held in the European Parliament (EP), EP chief negotiator Guy Verhofstadt said Tuesday.

"The UK should trigger the Article 50 as soon as possible so that we can finalize these negotiations by 2019," Verhofstadt was quoted as saying by the EU Observer newspaper.

According to the paper, Verhofstadt said that a new EP legislative cycle should not start without an agreement on the issue. The next EP elections are set to be held in 2019.

On June 23, the United Kingdom held a referendum to determine whether or not the country should leave the European Union. According to the final results, 51.9 percent of voters, or 17.4 million people, decided to support Brexit, while about 16.1 million opposed it.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has repeatedly said she would not trigger the Article 50 of the EU Lisbon Treaty on leaving the bloc until early 2017.

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