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UK PM vows to deliver EU exit

REUTERS
Published : Nov 7, 2016, 3:38 am IST
Updated : Nov 7, 2016, 3:38 am IST

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Sunday she would deliver a full exit from the European Union, hitting back at critics of her Brexit strategy who have threatened to try to block the process

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Sunday she would deliver a full exit from the European Union, hitting back at critics of her Brexit strategy who have threatened to try to block the process in Parliament.

The government’s plans to launch a two-year divorce process by the end of March next year were thrown into disarray last week when a court ruled that Parliament must be consulted on the decision.

Ms May has said she is confident of overturning the ruling. Nevertheless, the prospect of a Parliamentary vote has enraged eurosceptic lawmakers who fear the ‘hard Brexit’ they want will be watered down, and emboldened political opponents who want a less radical split from the bloc.

Writing in the Sunday Telegraph newspaper, Ms May signalled she would resist any attempt to force her to change her approach to leaving the EU, a historic break that was approved by 52 percent of Britons in a referendum in June.

“The people made their choice, and did so decisively. It is the responsibility of the government to get on with the job and to carry out their instruction in full,” Ms May wrote. She said members of Parliament who regretted the referendum result “need to accept what the people decided”. Ms May’s government has given little away about its plans for Britain’s future relationship with the EU.

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