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BREXIT : British PM to trigger Article 50 by end of March 2017

Theresa May will formally begin the Brexit process by the end of March 2017, she has told the BBC.

The PM's announcement on triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty - which begins the formal negotiation process - means the UK looks set to leave the EU by the summer of 2019.

Mrs May also promised a bill to remove the European Communities Act 1972 from the statute book.

She said this would make the UK an "independent, sovereign nation".

The repeal of the 1972 Act will not take effect until the UK leaves the EU under Article 50.

It will be contained in a "Great Repeal Bill", promised in the next Queen's Speech, which will also enshrine all existing EU law into British law.

This will allow the government to seek to keep, amend or cancel any legislation once Brexit has been completed. The repeal bill will also end the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in the UK.

 

 

 

  • Brexit campaigners have been calling for Article 50 - which begins a two-year negotiation process - to be triggered as soon as possible.

Mrs May, who had previously only said she would not trigger it this year, will be making a speech on Brexit later to the Conservative conference, which is getting under way in Birmingham.

Speaking on the Andrew Marr Show, she ended speculation about the government's timetable, saying this would be done by "the first quarter of 2017".

 

 

 WHAT IS article 50 ? 

 

The Lisbon Treaty became law in December 2009, eight years after European leaders launched a process to make the EU "more democratic, more transparent and more efficient".

It's an agreement signed by the heads of state and government of countries that are part of the EU.

Part of that law was Article 50. A very basic five-point plan should any country wish to leave the European Union.

Six years later and here we are.

Vote Leave may have won in the EU referendum but it will be a long time until we actually leave.

The UK's exit has to be negotiated with the remaining 27 members of the EU and ultimately approved by them.

Once the UK tells the EU that it is withdrawing under Article 50, "the member of the European Council or of the Council representing the withdrawing Member State shall not participate in the discussions of the European Council or Council or in decisions concerning it," the rule says.

 

 


'Not hanging around'

Mrs May said the process of leaving would be "quite complex" but said she hoped there would now be "preparatory work" with the remaining EU members so that "once the trigger comes we will have a smoother process of negotiation".

She added: "It's not just important for the UK, but important for Europe as a whole that we're able to do this in the best possible way so we have the least disruption for businesses, and when we leave the EU we have a smooth transition from the EU."

The PM also said June's vote to leave the EU was a "clear message from the British people that they want us to control movement of people coming into the UK".



02/10/2016
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