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Britain has lot to do before triggering EU divorce: Boris Johnson

Some lawmakers and officials say the government has not had time to form a clear negotiating stance, and by triggering proceedings too early Britain may land a poor deal. In photo: Britain's foreign secretary Boris Johnson on September 7, 2016. Photograph: (Getty)

Reuters Liverpool, United Kingdom Sep 25, 2016, 10.55 AM (IST)
Britain has a lot of work to do before it can exit the European Union (EU) but once it triggers a formal divorce from the EU, the process cannot be dragged on, Britain's foreign minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday.

"We've got to do a lot of work to get our ducks in order," Johnson told Andy Marr on BBC1's The Andrew Marr Show.

Johnson suggested last week that Britain would trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty which would allow Britain to exit from EU early next year. However, Prime Minister Theresa May's aides have continually said the formal procedure would only start next year.

But some lawmakers and government officials say the government has not had time to form a clear negotiating stance and that, by triggering proceedings too early, Britain may land a poor deal, Reuters said.

Britons voted to leave the EU bloc in a historic referendum in June.

Jeremy Corbyn, who was re-elected as leader of Britain's main opposition Labour Party on Saturday, said the parliament should be involved in the Brexit process.

"This is a huge political issue, it's the most significant economic issue facing Britain in my or your lifetime and I think at the very least parliament should be fully informed," Jeremy Corbyn told BBC's Andrew Marr.

Stephen Booth, co-director of the Open Europe think-tank, said it was likely that Brexit would end up being a gradual withdrawal from different aspects of the UK's entanglements with the EU, rather than a single "big bang" event, RT? news reported.

(WION with inputs from agencies)
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