Article 50 is the proper mechanism by which the UK can leave the EU, a process expected to take about two years in days gone by set in motion.
But speaking in Edinburgh after talks with Scottish Key Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Mrs May said: “I’m willing to listen to options and I’ve been pure clear with the First Minister today that I want the Scottish regulation to be fully engaged in our discussions.
”I have already said that I won’t be triggering Article 50 until I over that we have a UK approach and objectives for negotiations – I think it is important that we authenticate that before we trigger Article 50.”
Mrs May has used her “Brexit is Brexit” mantra to comfort Leave voters that she is serious about negotiating Britain’s de rture from the EU.
Mrs Sturgeon answered she is determined to consider all options to protect Scotland’s relationship with the EU.
She labeled her meeting with Mrs May on Friday as “constructive”, adding that she was pleased Mrs May was agreeable to consider options raised by Scotland.
Mrs Sturgeon said: “It was very noteworthy today to get a commitment from the Prime Minister to listen to options that the Scottish superintendence brings forward.
“There is an agreement that Scottish government propers will be very closely involved in discussions.”
Mrs Sturgeon has said Scotland may acquire to consider becoming independent in order to protect its membership of the EU, but insisted she inclination “consider all the options along the way”.
She said: “The Prime Minister knows, as everybody else recalls, that a second independence referendum is of course on the table because Scotland finds itself now in the emplacement of facing exit from the EU against our will.”
Mrs May said the people of Scotland have planned “had their vote” on independence and this option should not be on the table.