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Brexit a defining moment for Britain, says PM May; to trigger Article 50 this month

India TV News Desk London 15 Mar 2017, 7:49:08
British Prime Minister Theresa May - India TV

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday said that the passage of the Brexit bill in the Parliament marks a defining moment for the country and that her timetable of triggering formal negotiations by the end of March remained on track.

"This will be a defining moment for our whole country as we begin to forge a new relationship with Europe and a new role for ourselves in the world," May said while addressing MPs in the House of Commons on Tuesday.

May said that Brexit would work for the whole of Britain. 

"We will be a strong, self-governing global Britain with control once again over our borders and our laws," she said.

The decisions of both Houses of Parliament to agree to the crucial bill opens the door for May to officially start the process of Britain leaving the European Union.

May gave no precise indication of when she will trigger Article 50, the mechanism to start the exit process, instead she said that it would be by the end if this month, adding Royal Assent from Queen Elizabeth would be given in the next few days.

May further said that she will return to the Commons before the end of the month to notify when she has formally triggered Article 50 and begun the process through which Britain will leave the EU.

May also warned the Scottish National Party (SNP) that it was "not a moment to play politics or create uncertainty" after Nicola Sturgeon launched plans for a fresh referendum on Scottish independence before Britain leaves the EU.

The Scottish First Minister's "bombshell" announcement overshadowed the House of Lords vote which finally cleared the way for the Prime Minister to start the formal Brexit process.

The Prime Minister added: "It is a moment to bring our country together, to honour the will of the British people and to shape for them a better, brighter future and a better Britain."

With IANS Inputs


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