Britain should trigger article 50 by the end of 2016.
EU diplomats are slowly groping towards a consensus on a Brexit timetable, following crisis talks between 27 senior diplomats on Sunday that excluded the UK.
The increasingly dominant view is that Britain should trigger article 50 by the end of the year, starting the clock on two years of divorce negotiations.
This would allow the UK to leave the EU before European parliament elections and the appointment of a new European commission in 2019.
No Article 50 = No Exit
“If they treat their referendum as a non-event, we will also treat their referendum as a non-event,” an EU diplomat said. Pointing out that until Britain starts the article 50 process it remains an EU member, with all the rights and duties that go with it.
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