Brexit process might start nine months after the referendum, says Tusk. So soon?

Theresa May met European Council president Donald Tusk last week in London [Image: EPA].

Theresa May met European Council president Donald Tusk last week in London [Image: EPA].

Theresa May’s unwillingness to engage with the process in which the UK will leave the EU reminds me, in many ways, of a scene from an old TV drama, Robin of Sherwood.

The show is a drama; so is Brexit. It is set in a time of Norman feudalism – which is destined to return if Mrs May and her Tories get their way.

In this particular scene, two of the main characters are fighting like two cats in a bag while the authorities do their best not to get involved. The city guard, alerted to the tumult by one of the show’s baddies, are nevertheless extremely relaxed about the possibility of, you know, actually doing anything.

“Come on, come on!” shouts our baddy as they are choosing their weapons.

To this, the watch’s head guy turns around from discussing who is going to wield the hoe, and says: “We’re very nearly ready.”

That’s This Writer’s opinion of Mrs May’s attitude.

She’s very nearly ready to start considering the possibility that an idea relevant to negotiating the UK’s exit from the EU might, some day soon, enter her mind.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May is likely to trigger the formal process of leaving the European Union early next year, according to a top EU official.

European Council President Donald Tusk said Mrs May had told him the UK could be ready to begin talks by February.

The BBC’s Tom Bateman says this is the clearest sign yet of when the two-year withdrawal process may start.

Mrs May’s office said it would not be launched this year, but did not confirm Mr Tusk’s account.

Source: Theresa May could begin Brexit process by February, says Tusk – BBC News


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7 thoughts on “Brexit process might start nine months after the referendum, says Tusk. So soon?

    1. Roy Beiley

      As an obvious vote leave person I take it that you are more than qualified to understand just how simple it will be to untie all the knots which join us to the EU and forge separate treaties with “the rest of the world”. May has said ‘Brexit means Brexit’ so what are you so worried about?

  1. Tim

    It’s much worse than this. Don’t forget David Davies and Liam Fox have been put in charge of negotiating Britain’s exit from the EU and securing replacement trade deals, respectively. If that doesn’t have a laxative effect on your bowels you can’t be human.

    (Appointments like this destroy Theresa May’s good judgement and competence.)

  2. casalealex

    Human rights
    A UK withdrawal from the EU would mean that the UK no longer has to comply with the human rights obligations of the EU Treaties. The controversial EU Charter of Fundamental Rights would not apply, and the EU Court of Justice would not have jurisdiction over the UK (except possibly for transitional cases that arose before withdrawal).

    Withdrawing from the EU does not mean withdrawing from the separate European Convention on Human Rights. The Government is planning a British Bill of Rights, but Theresa May has said that she does not intend to withdraw from the Convention.
    (don’t hold your breath)

  3. casalealex

    A year to actually start the procedure, and two years in the process. No plan, So where do we stand with EU at present, what has actually happened in the process to date? Three years of hanging about whilst the government make uninformed and unaccountable deals?

  4. tom

    At the moment it’s a game of chess and the real moves will start in February, please hold your breath till then. Britain will come out if not, it is a matter of time because with the elections in Spain and a reforms Mr Mateo Ranzi wants for Italy these may trigger a definite exit for Italy, one way or another the Euro is dead as a currency specially for southern Europe countries.
    Brexit is not as important as Italy coming out, Italy is a third biggest nation in the EU and uses the Euro in comparison to GB using the £.

  5. Zippi

    To be fair, Call-Me-Dave should have had a plan in place, BEFORE the referendum was called. Nobody, it seems, even contemplated the idea that the nation would actually vote to leave the institution that is the European Union; as such, our politicians – all of them – have been caught off-guard. In that scenario, it is imperative that they do not drag us, headlong, into something, unprepared, as was the case with the referendum. I think it sensible to wait, until there is, at least, some clue as to what we will do, what to expect and how to achieve what we want. The process of leaving the E.U. and indeed the line in the sand, is the triggering of Article 50, not the referendum.

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