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London Mayor Khan calls for postponement of Brexit

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London Mayor Khan calls for postponement of Brexit to ensure single market access

MOSCOW, Aug. 10 (PNA/Sputnik) — Mayor of London Sadiq Khan on Wednesday called for the postponement of the process of Brexit until after parliamentary elections in France and Germany in fall 2017 to ensure better exiting terms for the United Kingdom and access to the single European Union (EU) market.

Brexit negotiators must be careful not to trigger Article 50 too soon, as “if we serve notice too quick to quit, there’s no guarantee jobs won’t leave,” according to the mayor.

“Now it’s for them [UK European negotiators] to persuade the EU how we can get the best of both worlds, how it’s possible to have access to the single market and not have free movement of labor. Maybe waiting for French and German elections to be out of the way gives the new French president or German chancellor more of a chance for latitude for some of the things that the British public say we need,” Khan told Sky News broadcaster.

On June 23, the UK held a referendum to determine whether or not the country should leave the EU. According to the final results, 51.9 percent of voters, or 17.4 million people, decided to support Brexit, while about 16.1 million opposed it.

The UK is expected to invoke Article 50 of the EU Lisbon Treaty to initiate the formal process of withdrawal from the bloc and start talks with the EU leaders on the new format of their relations. (PNA/Sputnik)

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