Thursday 23 February 2017

Brexit timetable puts focus on our planning

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Prime Minister Theresa May. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
Prime Minister Theresa May. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

And now we have a timetable for Brexit.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed she will trigger the start of formal negotiations on the UK's departure from the EU before the end of March 2017.

The pledge to trigger Article 50 means there will be a two-year process and Brexit will presumably happen by the spring of 2019. The Prime Minister also announced plans for a "great repeal bill" to incorporate EU regulations, such as workers' rights, into British law as soon as Brexit takes effect. May wants to give a "greater degree of clarity" about the timetable for leaving the EU.

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