Brexit: European Parliament session urgently called for Tuesday
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    Brexit: European Parliament session urgently called for Tuesday

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    On Tuesday, the European Parliament will meet for an extraordinary plenary session to discuss the next steps, after the British vote in favour of leaving the European Union. The President of the European Parliament announced this on Friday.

    The presidents of the main political groups, who met on Friday morning in Brussels, shortly after the official results from the British referendum were announced, have called a session “to define the necessary next steps” in the exit procedure for the United Kingdom from the European Union, Mr Schulz explained.

    The extraordinary parliamentary session will take place on Tuesday at 10 a.m.

    Moreover, the presidents of the two main political groupings, the Group of the European People’s Party (PPE, on the Right) and the Progressive alliance of Socialists & Democrats (S&D), criticised the decision of the British Prime Minister, David Cameron.

    This morning, Cameron made known his intention to resign, probably in October, leaving his successor to start negotiations for the United Kingdom’s exit route out of the European Union.

    “The negotiations between the Europeans and the British government should start straightaway (…) We need clarity and should avoid all uncertainty,” drummed out the head of the PPE parliamentary group, Manfred Weber. “We cannot wait for the Tories (the British Conservatives, editors note) to elect a new Prime Minister,” added Mr Weber.

    Gianni Pittella, his socialist counterpart resonated the same message. He considered that it was certainly the David Cameron’s “duty” to resign, following his “insane idea” to call a referendum for internal political reasons.

    The European Parliament, one of the two law-making institutions in the European Union, will have to approve the withdrawal agreement concluded between the EU and the United Kingdom.

    Out of 751 MEPs, 73 are British.

    Oscar Schneider (Source: Belga)