UK PM May on Brexit: 'We Have a Plan'

Cheryl Sanders
March 20, 2017

London says the Brexit process is irreversible once Article 50 is triggered, although experts have said there is no legal ban on member states changing their minds before leaving the EU.

After May's letter reaches Tusk, he is expected to distribute draft guidelines for the negotiations to the 27 other European Union member states.

"There will be a letter, she will notify President Tusk in writing, and the prime minister has already confirmed she will give a statement to parliament as well", Sir Barrow said.

It is expected that the 27 other European Union member nations will agree to the start date, with an initial response from them with 48 hours, the BBC reported.

There's also likely to be friction over Britain's desire to maintain free trade in goods and services with the bloc, without accepting the EU's core principle of free movement of workers.

Keir Starmer MP, Labour's Shadow Brexit Secretary, said, "Britain is about to embark on the most complex and important negotiations since World War II, so this a hugely significant moment for the whole country". According to BBC News, if all goes according to the two-year plan of negotiations, then Brexit will happen in March of 2019.


May has previously said that she would start the Brexit process "by the end of March", therefore she has met her commitment.

"They will all see from the UK's example that leaving the European Union is a bad idea", Juncker told German newspaper Bild am Sonntag.

The Prime Minister was expected formally to start negotiations with other European Union member states last week, after Parliament had passed a law allowing talks to begin.

"I have also been clear that as we leave the European Union I will work to deliver a deal that works for the whole of the United Kingdom".

Brussels is expected to release an initial response to the Article 50 notification within 48 hours.

Downing Street failed to tell Scottish ministers it would trigger Article 50 before making a public announcement, despite previous suggestions.


Nationalists in Scotland, which voted to remain in the bloc, have accused the May government of pressing for a hard Brexit by committing to departing the EU's lucrative single market of 500 million consumers.

The British government has said firmly that it will not backtrack on Brexit.

"We are determined to negotiate for an outcome the works for every nation and region of the United Kingdom".

It comes as Mrs May dismissed calls for a second independence referendum for Scotland before the Brexit deal is finalised.

May will meet First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones, as well as local businesses, as she tries to show she is including all areas of Britain in negotiations with the EU.


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