EU Remains Unaware of UK Position on Brexit Talks – Mogherini

© AFP 2022 / THIERRY CHARLIEREU's High representative for foreign affairs and security policy Federica Mogherini arrives for an European Union leaders summit on October 20, 2016 at the European Council, in Brussels.
EU's High representative for foreign affairs and security policy Federica Mogherini arrives for an European Union leaders summit on October 20, 2016 at the European Council, in Brussels. - Sputnik International
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The European Union is still unaware of London's position on the upcoming negotiations on its departure from the bloc, even though almost a year has passed since the Brexit referendum, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Friday at the high-level 2017 Conference on Defense and Security in Prague (DESCOP).

Britain's Primer Minister Theresa May leaves Downing Street on her way to Buckingham Palace after Britain's election in London, Britain June 9, 2017. - Sputnik International
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"One year after the referendum we still do not know the British position in the negotiations on Brexit and it seems difficult to predict when that we will because democracy often requires time and I very much respect that, it’s a complex process," Mogherini said.

The UK citizens voted to leave the European Union at the referendum on June 23, 2016, and on March 29, London officially started the process of withdrawing from the bloc by triggering the Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.

The Brexit talks were set to start on June 19 with UK Brexit secretary David Davis' meeting European Union's chief negotiator Michel Barnier. However, earlier in the day, Barnier wrote on Twitter that Brexit negotiations should begin when the United Kingdom is "ready," since the election had thrown May's majority into disarray.

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