: Swift 'Divorce', EU Reforms: European Parliament adopts resolution on Brexit

16:58 Jun. 28, 2016

Swift 'Divorce', EU Reforms: European Parliament adopts resolution on Brexit

Members of protocol adjust the British and EU flags prior to the arrival of British Prime Minister David Cameron at EU headquarters in Brussels on June 28, 2016 (AP Photo)

On June 23, Britain voted to leave the European Union

MEPs urge to immediately launch UK's withdrawal from the EU.

The relevant resolution was adopted at an extraordinary plenary debate on 28 June.

395 MEPs supported the resolution, 200 MEPs cast their votes against it, whereas 71 MEPS abstained.

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"The European Parliament calls upon the U.. government to respect its people's democratic decision via a swift and coherent implementation of the withdrawal procedure, i.e. by activating Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union so as to allow withdrawal negotiations to start as soon as possible," the resolution states.

MEPs also stress the urgent need for reforms to ensure that the EU lives up to its citizens' expectations.

Under relevant regulations, any E.U. member state may decide to withdraw from the Union, in compliance with a country's constitutional rules. The European Council members of a state that leaves the E.U. will not participate in discussions and decision-making processes concerning this country.

On June 23, Britain voted to leave the European Union, with the Leave Campaign securing around 51.8 per cent of the vote. Following the Brexit outcome, David Cameron resigned as Prime Minister.

The referendum results came as a surprise for many British and European politicians.

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