Britain to start EU exit process by the end of March

Theresa May

Theresa May

Prime Minister Theresa May said Sunday that Britain would start the formal process for leaving the European Union by the end of March 2017.

Before now May has only said that Britain would not trigger Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty — which sets a maximum two-year clock ticking until a country’s departure from the 28-member bloc — before the end of this year.

May said she would be giving further details during her speech Sunday to her governing centre-right Conservative Party’s on the opening day of its annual conference in Birmingham, central England.

“I’ve been saying that we wouldn’t trigger before the end of this year so that we get the preparation in place,” she told BBC television.

“We will trigger before the end of March next year.”