New EU president says rest of bloc unified on dealing with Brexit

Slovenia, January 4
The European Union is more unified in its policy towards Britain’s leaving the bloc than on anything else in its past, the new holder of the EU presidency said today. “I spoke and visited basically all other 26 (EU) member states and there’s a … convergence on the attitude towards Brexit. I have never seen such a convergence within the European family,” Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat told reporters on the sidelines of a diplomatic conference in Slovenia. When asked to comment on the resignation of Ivan Rogers, the British ambassador to the EU, he said: “That’s a totally national issue for them …. We stick to the point that there should be no negotiation without notification.” The EU says it will not begin negotiations until Britain formally invoked Article 50 of the EU treaty triggering withdrawal. British Prime Minister Theresa May says she will do soe by the end of March.

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