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UK forms working group to implement Brexit and leave EU

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With the race underway to find a successor to David Cameron as prime minister, the first official steps were announced to pave the way for Britain's exit from the European Union (EU).

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Cabinet member and Business Secretary Sajid Javid was named as chair of a new business engagement inter-ministerial group.

The group will bring together leader ministers from across the government to coordinate engagement with the business community, Xinhua reports.

The new group will hold its first meeting next week. Chaired by Javid, membership will include the Energy Secretary, Environment Secretary, Culture Secretary, Defence Secretary, Foreign Secretary, Chief Secretary to the Treasury and the Trade and Investment Minister.

Government officials say the group will provide an opportunity for ministers to discuss the views, thoughts and concerns from businesses in all sectors across Britain.

It will feed into the new EU Referendum Unit established within the Cabinet Office.

A process will now start to narrow the field of contenders to just two. On Tuesday Conservative MPs will hold a secret ballot to eliminate the person with the fewest votes.

Further secret votes will take place until there are just two. The winner will be decided by a vote among party members across the country to select their choice from those final two.

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