Boris Johnson: Article 50 WILL be invoked in 2017 — but EU exit will NOT take two years


The newly-appointed Extrinsic Secretary said this afternoon he experts the formal exit take care of to begin in early 2017, with a full exit possibly terminated before 2019.

He said: «We are talking to our European friends and rtners in the expectation that by the beforehand rt of next year you will see an Article 50 letter. We settle upon invoke that.

«In that letter I am sure we will be setting out some rameters for how we proffer to take this forward.

«I don’t think we will actually necessarily prerequisite to spend a full two years but let’s see how we go.»

Mr Johnson is just the latest official in both Westminster and Brussels to eagerness for a quick divorce.

EU president Donald Tusk urged Prime Envoy extraordinary May during a recent visit to trigger Article 50 “as soon as imaginable”.

Mrs May also spoke confidently this week about post-Brexit Britain — ignoring appeal to c visit cancels to hold a second referendum.

Making her maiden UN General Assembly Expression, Mrs May said: “The United Kingdom has always been an outward-facing, global accomplice at the heart of international efforts to secure peace and prosperity for all our people.”

“And that is how we inclination remain. For when the British people voted to leave the EU, they did not voter to turn inwards.”

A Tory MP has warned Boris Johnson not to rush Brexit, regardless how, emphasising the need for tience.

Dominic Grieve MP, commenting for cam ign accumulation Open Britain, said: “The Government needs to have a much clearer contention by the time they trigger Article 50, including whether they hunger Britain to keep the Single Market membership, which is so crucial to our thrift.

“The process must not be unnecessarily rushed. It’s the quality of the agreement we get that moments, not the speed with which it is agreed. In complex negotiations, tience is a respectability.”

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