Theresa May set to visit Wales in bid to unite UK

The Government says it will trigger the Article 50 process, to begin the formal process of leaving the European Union, before the end of the month. "It's not going to happen".

The extra measures will place "a huge burden" on the Parliament and government departments, the think tank said. "Next Wednesday, the government will deliver on that decision and formally start the process by triggering Article 50", Brexit secretary David Davis said in a statement Monday.

Formal talks between Britain and the EU must then wait for member states to approve more detailed negotiating rules and give an official mandate to European Commission Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, officials said.

EU President Donald Tusk, who is responsible for calling summits, said he would issue the draft guidelines within 48 hours of Britain triggering its exit.

IFG's research director, Dr Hannah White, told BBC Radio Four's Today programme: "The estimates we have heard are something between ten and 15 Bills required in the next two parliamentary sessions".

The triggering of Article 50, the never-before-used mechanism for a country to leave the European Union, will set off a two-year negotiation in which Britain will have to agree with its 27 erstwhile partners on the terms of divorce.

"On the day Theresa May is traveling the country claiming she wants to bring the United Kingdom together, she lets it be known she is about to unleash division and bitterness".

She has accused May of failing to engage with her call for Scotland to remain in the European single market after Brexit, and that Scotland risks being taken out of the EU against its will.

Theresa May is carrying out talks in the devolved nations ahead of her promise to trigger Article 50 by the end of the month.

  • Leroy Wright