Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

PM May starts UK tour before pulling Brexit trigger

PM May starts UK tour before pulling Brexit trigger

Sterling fell half a cent against the dollar on what Brexit minister David Davis described as a move taking Britain to "the threshold of the most important negotiation for this country for a generation".

European Council President Donald Tusk said on Monday he would present the other 27 EU states with draft Brexit negotiating guidelines within 48 hours from the moment Britain formally triggers its exit from the bloc.

"I don't think there are many countries that would have anything critical to say of such a deal as they would be helped by it", he added.

The European Commission, whose chief negotiator Michel Barnier will spearhead the talks with London on behalf of the other 27 member states, said it was ready for the Brexit process.

"Everything is ready on this side", commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said.

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

European leaders have also been clear that Britain cannot get a better deal outside the EU than it had inside, amid fears that Brexit could cause other nations to leave the bloc.

"In the area of family law, we are very concerned that leaving the European Union without an alternative system in place will have a profound and damaging impact on the UK's family justice system and those individuals seeking redress within it", the paper concluded.

The Labour politician warned Theresa May's insistence that a Brexit deal with the European Union must be reached within the two-year Article 50 period is already causing unnecessary damage to the economy.

Meanwhile, Downing Street denied reports suggesting that ministers were considering a snap election after triggering Article 50.

British prime minister Theresa May is due to make a statement to the House of Commons the same day.

The Scotland head of state is demanding a second referendum on Scottish independence before the terms of Brexit are signed. The EU says Britain must pay a hefty divorce bill of up to 60 billion euros ($64 billion), to cover EU staff pensions and other expenses the United Kingdom has committed to.

Negotiations on a wide range of topics from the single market access and trade deals to migration and citizen rights should conclude in two years.

The peers said the Government "has not taken account of the full implications of the impact of Brexit" on the areas of European Union law covered by three civil justice regulations dealt with in the report.

Prime Minister Theresa May is to officially notify the European Union next Wednesday that the United Kingdom is leaving.

"It is also extraordinary that the prime minister has failed to provide any certainty about her plans for Brexit or to prepare for the clear dangers of not reaching a deal with the EU".

Keir Starmer MP, Labour's Shadow Brexit Secretary, said that Labour would hold the PM to account "all the way".

The date means Mrs May will have met her conference pledge to trigger Brexit by the end of March by just two days.

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