PES Leaders: Article 50 must be invoked as quickly as possible
Prime Ministers and Leaders of the Party of European Socialists have agreed that there should be no delay before the UK begins the process to leave the European Union. Urging the UK and the EU to act calmly and responsibly, the leaders agreed that following Prime Minister Cameron’s resignation a replacement must be selected as soon as possible, so as to start the negotiation process at the earliest possible date.
Sergei Stanishev, PES President said: “The 23 June marked a political earthquake in the EU’s history, but we must now look forward. Our responsibility, as the progressive political family, is to take leadership during this historical moment for Europe and set a new agenda for the EU. We must show that our people-focused policies are more relevant than ever and that we are committed to leading, and bringing change, for the future of Europe”
“We must come to a settlement with the UK as quickly as possible so that we can focus on the many challenges the EU faces - fostering sustainable growth, creating jobs and solving the migration challenges. We must address those to give a decent future to young Europeans.”
The process of setting a new agenda for the EU already began with the PES high level summit in Paris and will continue with further meetings of PES Prime Ministers and Heads of State. The PES has drafted a proposal for a Social-Democratic Roadmap for Europe that will be presented on our next Leaders meeting in Paris on 7 July.