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Britain to trigger Article 50 by the end of March 2017: PM May

Britain to trigger Article 50 by the end of March 2017: PM MayBritain will trigger the formal divorce process from the European Union by the end of March 2017, Prime Minister Theresa May said during annual Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham on Sunday.

“Everything we do as we leave the EU will be consistent with the law and our treaty obligations, and we must give as much certainty as possible to employers and investors. That means there can be no sudden and unilateral withdrawal: we must leave in the way agreed in law by Britain and other member states, and that means invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty,” May said.

"We will invoke Article 50 no later than the end of March next year," she said.

"Those people who argue that Article 50 can only be triggered after agreement in both Houses of Parliament are not standing up for democracy, they're trying to subvert it. They're not trying to get Brexit right, they're trying to kill it by delaying it," May said, addressing those, who still is looking to overturn Brexit.

Speaking about further relations with the European Union, May stated: “It is not, therefore, a negotiation to establish a relationship anything like the one we have had for the last forty years or more. So it is not going to a 'Norway model'. It’s not going to be a 'Switzerland model'. It is going to be an agreement between an independent, sovereign United Kingdom and the European Union."
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