Brexit date and time to be en­shrined in law

Fiji Sun - - World News - Lon­don: BBC

The date the UK will leave the EU is to be put into leg­is­la­tion, as Theresa May warns MPs not to try to “block” Brexit.

“Exit day” - 2300 GMT on 29 March 2019 - will be in­cluded in the EU With­drawal Bill, the gov­ern­ment has con­firmed.

The PM urged par­ties to “come to­gether” to scru­ti­nise the bill when it re­turns to the Com­mons but warned against us­ing it to try to stop or slow it down.

But the au­thor of the Ar­ti­cle 50 with­drawal process has said that Brexit could still be re­versed. Cross-bench peer Lord Kerr, who wrote Ar­ti­cle 50, the for­mal pro­ce­dure for leav­ing the EU, will give a speech in Lon­don on Fri­day in which he will say: “We can change our minds at any stage of the process”.

At an event hosted by the pro-EU Open Bri­tain pres­sure group, the peer will say: “We are not re­quired to with­draw just be­cause Mrs May sent her let­ter” to Brus­sels.

“Ac­tu­ally, the coun­try still has a free choice about whether to pro­ceed. As new facts emerge, peo­ple are en­ti­tled to take a dif­fer­ent view. And there’s noth­ing in Ar­ti­cle 50 to stop them.”

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