MOSCOW (Sputnik) — UK Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to call on the EU leaders to respect Britain’s decision to leave the bloc and make the Brexit procedure constructive and smooth for the both sides, while attending the European Council in Brussels on October 20-21, media reported on Thursday citing a source in her office.
"The British people have made a decision and it's right and proper that the decision is honored," May is expected to say, according to a Downing Street source, cited by Sky News.
May will reportedly call on other leaders to make the exit procedure "smooth, constructive and orderly" to evade negative consequences for both London and Brussels.52 percent of voters chose to leave the European Union. On October 2, UK Prime Minister Theresa May said that the country would trigger Article 50 of the EU Lisbon Treaty by the end of March 2017 to start the official procedures to cease its EU membership.
Article 50 states that any country that wishes to leave the European Union must formally inform the European Council about its decision and then will have a period of two years to negotiate the terms of its withdrawal.