Bri­tain will launch Brexit by April, prime min­is­ter says

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

Bri­tain will trig­ger the for­mal process for leav­ing the Euro­pean Union be­fore the end of March, Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May said Sun­day, putting to rest weeks of spec­u­la­tion on the tim­ing of the move.

May out­lined her vi­sion for a post EU Bri­tain at her Con­ser­va­tive Party’s an­nual con­fer­ence in Birm­ing­ham and took the first steps to mak­ing a British exit — or Brexit — a re­al­ity.

As her fel­low law­mak­ers ap­plauded wildly, May made it clear that the British peo­ple ex­pected to see the mo­ment “on the hori­zon” when Bri­tain would leave and that she was go­ing to de­liver.

While the prime min­is­ter pre­vi­ously had hinted she planned to ini­ti­ate Bri­tain’s EU exit early next year, many ob­servers had spec­u­lated she would wait un­til France’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion ends in May or per­haps even the Ger­many elec­tions, set for the late sum­mer or fall of next year.

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