Theresa May To Trigger Article 50 By End Of March 2017, Brexit By April 2019

Theresa May has revealed she will trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty by the end of March next year, beginning a two year countdown to Brexit.

This means the United Kingdom will have left the European Union by April 2019.

The prime minister revealed her thinking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr programme on Sunday morning at the start of the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham.

May has long said that following the referendum result “Brexit means Brexit”. However it remains unclear what Brexit actually will look like. She told Marr this morning she wanted a “good deal” for the UK when negotiations begin with the other EU members.

“I think this is important, it’s not just important for the UK, it’s 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,” she said.

Pressed on what deal she wanted, May added: “When the vote took place on the 23rd of June, apart from the message of leaving the EU, there was also a clear message from the British people to control the movement of people coming into the UK, so we will deliver on that.”

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