UK Un­likely to Trig­ger Ar­ti­cle 50 at March 9 EU Sum­mit: Brexit Min­is­ter

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Stock­holm: Brexit min­is­ter David Davis said on Tuesday the gov­ern­ment was on course to meet its end-March dead­line to launch the for­mal di­vorce pro­ce­dure from the Euro­pean Union but did not see Bri­tain do­ing so at an EU sum­mit next month. EU of­fi­cials are keen to know when Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May will trig­ger Ar­ti­cle 50 of the EU’s Lis­bon Treaty and launch some of the most com­pli­cated talks Bri­tain has held since World War Two to end its more than 40-year mem­ber­ship of the bloc. In Stock­holm, Davis was asked whether he ex­pected May to de­liver the Ar­ti­cle 50 let­ter at an EU sum­mit in Brus­sels on March 9 and 10 — a date some Bri­tish me­dia had said was un­der con­sid­er­a­tion to avoid any clash with a sum­mit of the other 27 states on March 25 to cel­e­brate the bloc’s 60th an­niver­sary.

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