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Kerry urges Britain, EU to manage their divorce responsibly

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday urges Britain and the European Union to manage their divorce responsibly for the sake of global markets and citizens, a day before he was to become the first senior American official to visit London and Brussels since the United Kingdom’s historic referendum.

Kerry emphasizes the importance of thoughtful cooperation at a time of economic uncertainty and fears about crumbling European unity. He says he will bring a message of US support to both capitals. But he offers no concrete suggestions for how the two sides should make good on the decision by British voters to leave the 28-nation bloc.

“The most important thing is that all of us, as leaders, work together to provide as much continuity, as much stability, as much certainty as possible,” Kerry says as he meets in Rome with Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni.

Responsible handling of the situation, he says, will help “the marketplace understand there are ways to minimize disruption, there are ways to smartly move ahead in order to protect the values and interests that we share.”

Kerry had scheduled talks in Rome with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu later Sunday. But confronted with the gravity of Britain’s vote on Thursday, which crushed markets from the US to Japan, Kerry set up a frantic, four-nation schedule for Monday.

AP

US.Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and the UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, leave after a press briefing after their meeting on Syria in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, May 2, 2016. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)
US.Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and the UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, leave after a press briefing after their meeting on Syria in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, May 2, 2016. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)

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