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Founding E.U. members ask U.K. for quick 'divorce'

Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 01:21

Eager to shore up the European Union for its other 27 members, the six founding members of the bloc send a clear message to Britain to leave the union as soon as possible and to make this a quick and easy ''divorce''. Mana Rabiee reports.

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'Let's make this divorce quick and easy'. That's the clear message to the U.K. from the six founding members of the European Union, meeting in Berlin, after Britain's shock vote to exit the 28-member bloc. They're eager to shore up the E.U. for its other 27 members, and they're calling on Britain to trigger Article 50 of the E.U. treaty to set the process for exit in motion. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier: (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTER, FRANK-WALTER STEINMEIER, SAYING: "We here are in agreement that this process should begin as soon as possible and not left in limbo, so that we can concentrate on the future of Europe and working on that." The 'problem' is only Britain can invoke Article 50. Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn, like his French counterpart, is warning the U.K. not to 'draw out the process'. (SOUNDBITE) (German) LUXEMBOURG FOREIGN MINISTER, JEAN ASSELBORN, SAYING: "I hope that we won't play a cat and mouse game here, that absolutely doesn't suit Great Britain." In a joint statement, the six foreign ministers called Britain's vote to leave a regrettable turning point for Europe. French President Francois Hollande echoed that sentiment, saying the exit will be "painful for Britain but ... like in all divorces, it will be painful for those who stay behind too."

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Founding E.U. members ask U.K. for quick 'divorce'

Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 01:21