Europe

EU's Schulz: UK government was unprepared for Brexit vote

  • CAPTION CORRECTS THE DAY - The President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz gives a television interview in German after his talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May at 10 Downing Street in London, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

    CAPTION CORRECTS THE DAY - The President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz gives a television interview in German after his talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May at 10 Downing Street in London, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)  (The Associated Press)

  • British Prime Minister Theresa May, left, greets the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz before their talks at 10 Downing Street in London, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

    British Prime Minister Theresa May, left, greets the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz before their talks at 10 Downing Street in London, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)  (The Associated Press)

The president of the European Parliament says Britain's government was unprepared for the country's vote to leave the European Union, and doesn't know when it wants to start divorce talks.

Martin Schulz says the Conservative government was "in no way prepared for the 'leave' majority" in June's referendum.

Speaking Friday at the London School of Economics, Schulz said he feels "the government is undecided about how and when" it should trigger the two-year period of exit talks.

Schulz, a German Social Democrat, leads the EU's legislative assembly. He has urged Britain to start exit talks soon.

Prime Minister Theresa May says that won't happen before the end of the year.

Schulz said Britain's exit was a "lose-lose" situation, and "a disaster for us and for the United Kingdom."