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

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

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

The historic start of the process, 44 years after the United Kingdom joined the EEC in 1973, will trigger a two-year countdown for negotiations over the exit terms and any interim trade deal.

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.

The European Commission said it stood ready to help launch the negotiations.

Up to early 2019, Britain will remain a full European Union member and nothing will change beyond the exclusion of its representatives from some European Union meetings where the approach of the remaining 27 to Brexit is discussed. We asked people what they would think if Britain ended up with a far less favourable version of Brexit, a hypothetical Brexit where Theresa May doesn't manage to get some of things she wants.

She has said she wants a new relationship that is good for Britain and the European Union, but would rather walk away than accept a bad deal.

The referendum was the UK's signal that it wants to leave the European Union.

The Supreme Court ruled in January that May's government must obtain approval from the British parliament to trigger Article 50, prompting the introduction of emergency legislation. While others assume that Brexit will set a precedent for other European countries to break away from the EU, Juncker strongly disagrees that this will happen.

"Just as importantly, the government needs to provide additional support to small businesses to ensure they can capitalise on new trade opportunities with non-EU markets post-Brexit".

The trigger for all this tumult is the innocuous-sounding Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty, a never-before-used mechanism for withdrawing from the bloc.

May has promised Britain will remain a "reliable ally" to the European Union and wants "practical arrangements" on law enforcement and intelligence cooperation.

According to the explainer, the 27 member states will meet by the end of April or early May to agree and adopt guidelines defining the framework for the negotiations.

A spokesperson said that May will write a letter to the EU's 27 other members to express her intent to have the negotiations begin swiftly. The divorce is likely to focus on settling up bills and - hopefully - agreeing a transitional arrangement.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: "The Government has failed to build a consensus about what form Brexit should take".

The UK expects to receive a response to Barrow's notification from the EU Council within 48 hours, he added.

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