Labour MEP backs plans to stall Brexit negotiations until 2017

A prominent Labout MEP has backed Theresa May's Conservative government suggestion that negotiations to leave the European Union are unlikely to begin before 2017.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A prominent Labout MEP has backed Theresa May's Conservative government suggestion that negotiations to leave the European Union are unlikely to begin before 2017.

Claude Moraes, the Member of the European Parliament for London and a Remain voter, has told talkRADIO that a delay in triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty - by which countries are able to negotiate their exit from the Union within a two-year deadline - is the best decision for the future of the country.

Critics have suggested that the government is playing for time and may be considering ignoring the Leave vote, but Moraes told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "There should not be any tension about this. We are leaving the European Union. We are leaving. 

"What I want is for people to concentrate on the enormous task of leaving, which can go wrong. 

"I think 2017 probably would be seen by most people as not a delay.

"Whatever happens after that two years, you're left with what deal you've received.

"So the bit where you prepare before you go into Article 50 is quite important - this is deciding what kind of deal you want."

Listen to the full interview above