Theresa May has ended weeks of rumours, revealing that she will launch Brexit talks with EU leaders before the end of March next year.
In an interview on The Andrew Marr Show, the Prime Minister said Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty will be triggered in the first three months of 2017.
As you know, I’ve been saying that we wouldn’t trigger before the end of this year so that we can get some preparation in place. But yes, I will be saying in my speech today that we will trigger before the end of March next year.
It’s estimated that the process will take at least two years to enact, meaning Britain could be set to leave the European Union by summer 2019.
However, there is an option to extend it beyond two years if the UK and all the other EU countries agree, though this is considered to be unlikely.
This announcement comes after she revealed plans for a ‘Great Repeal Bill’, which will essentially end the EU’s authority and bring existing EU law into the UK’s body of legislation, The Independent reports.
Well at least we finally know now, eh?