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Johnson says Brexit timetable on track

Friday, November 04, 2016 - 01:25

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says he does not think the High Court ruling will interfere with the government's Brexit timetable. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Friday (November 4) that the British government would stick with its plans to trigger divorce proceedings from the EU by the end of March despite a court ruling on Thursday that demands the government consult parliament before invoking Article 50 of the EU treaty to serve notice to its 27 partners. "I don't think it will interfere with the timetable for that process," Johnson said, noting that the government planned to appeal the ruling and that there was no question of Britain changing course on Brexit. But his host Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who has been outspoken in his criticism of Johnson and other Brexit campaigners in the past, delivered a frosty warning that Britain should not delay the start of exit talks and that London would not be allowed to cherry-pick in the negotiations. While Johnson cautioned against reading too much into the "Sturm und Drang" (Storm and Stress) of the tumultuous debate in the British parliament, Steinmeier said the two-year negotiation period set out by Article 50 might seem like a long time at first glance but was actually quite short given the complexity of the issues surrounding Britain's future relations with the EU.

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Johnson says Brexit timetable on track

Friday, November 04, 2016 - 01:25