BRI­TAIN AGREES TO SET EU "EXIT DAY" IN LAW

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Bri­tain’s gov­ern­ment said on Thurs­day it would use leg­is­la­tion to fix the time and date of the coun­try’s Euro­pean Union exit, ad­dress­ing con­cerns of Brex­i­teers who fear slow ne­go­ti­a­tions and op­po­si­tion to the di­vorce could cause de­lays.

The gov­ern­ment said it was propos­ing a change to the EU (With­drawal) Bill cur­rently mak­ing its way through Par­lia­ment to set the exit for 2300 GMT on March 29, 2019.

“We’ve lis­tened to mem­bers of the pub­lic and Par­lia­ment and have made this change to re­move any con­fu­sion or con­cern about what ‘exit day’ means,” Brexit Min­is­ter

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David Davis said in a state­ment. The date has pre­vi­ously been im­plied by a fixed two-year ne­go­ti­at­ing pe­riod trig­gered on March 29, 2017, but not ex­plic­itly stated in law.

Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May and her team are bat­tling to keep exit ne­go­ti­a­tions with the EU mov­ing, amid grow­ing con­cern that talks have yet to be­gin on a tran­si­tional deal to smooth the exit for busi­nesses or the com­plex terms of a fu­ture trade deal. At home, May’s gov­ern­ment is fac­ing a rough ride in Par­lia­ment on the with­drawal bill, which forms the cen­tral plank of her Brexit strat­egy.

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