British Prime Minister Theresa May promised German Chancellor Angela Merkel that Great Britain’s exit from the European Union is on schedule, and that the formal legal process would be in full swing by March of 2017.
May said that Brexit was “on track,” and that the British government would be “ready to trigger Article 50 before the end of March, or by the end of March 2017.”
“I want to see this as a smooth process, an orderly process, working towards a solution that is in the interests of both the United Kingdom but also in the interests of our European partners too,” the British prime minister added.
May’s comments come after the UK received harsh criticism from other EU nations about how the British leadership is handling the Brexit transition. Documents leaked earlier this week allegedly suggested that the UK had no formal strategy for Brexit whatsoever.
May also must win parliamentary approval before she can trigger Article 50 and formally begin the legal process of extricating Britain from the EU. The British government’s appeal against the Brexit decision will be heard in December. Prominent Brexit leader and spokesperson Daniel Hannan reached out to The Daily Caller News Foundation recently to comment on the new and “unprecedented” requirement that Parliament “approve” the referendum results before activating Article 50.
“I am alarmed at how willing people are to overlook due process if they favor the outcome,” Hannan remarked. “No one doubts that Parliament is sovereign. It’s just that this particular Parliament voted by six to one to put the issue of EU membership to the wider electorate. It didn’t tack on a reservation saying, ‘But we might take it all back if voters give us an unexpected answer,’” Hannan continued. (RELATED: Brexit Leader: ‘Selective Due Process’ Biggest Danger To Britain, US)
Thus far, the British economy has performed much better after Brexit vote than originally predicted. Everything from exports to new home building projects were on the rise in the months after the vote, the Guardian reports.
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