Prime Minister Meets with German Chancellor

Theresa May, the Prime Minister, has today met with Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, in Berlin to discuss a possible delay to Article 50. A one-year extension to Article 50 is currently being looked as the most likely outcome, although it is thought that numerous countries have opposed such a delay. The extension will also mean that elections to the European Parliament may need to be fought in the UK.

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister said:

“The Prime Minister met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin this afternoon for a working lunch.

Ahead of EU Council tomorrow, the leaders discussed the UK’s request for an extension of Article 50 to June 30th with the option to bring this forward if a deal is ratified earlier.

The Prime Minister outlined the steps the government is taking to bring the Brexit process to a successful conclusion, and updated Chancellor Merkel on the ongoing discussions with the Opposition.

The leaders agreed on the importance of ensuring Britain’s orderly withdrawal from the European Union.

The leaders also discussed the ongoing situations in Yemen and Libya.”

Prime Minister Signs Letter Triggering Article 50

Theresa May, the Prime Minister, has signed a letter triggering Article 50 which will be hand-delivered later today to Donald Tusk, the European Council President. This letter will start the process of the UK leaving the European Union, allowing the two-year period of negotiations to begin.

The Prime Minister will also make a statement in the House of Commons later today which will encourage “the country to come together”.

Boris Johnson’s Timeline for Brexit Rejected by the Prime Minister

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A spokesman for the Prime Minister has rejected comments made by Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, that Brexit talks would begin at the start of 2017.

Johnson had said that the process would begin, by signing Article 50, at the start of the new year. Speaking to the BBC he said:

“The government is working towards an Article 50 letter which as you know will be produced, probably, in the early part of next year”.

The Prime Minister’s spokesman confirmed that nothing had changed and said about Article 50:

“The decision is hers and she will do that at a time which is most likely to get the best deal for Britain”.