Brexit date and time to be enshrined in law

From BBC - November 9, 2017

The date the UK will leave the EU is to be put into legislation, as Theresa May warns MPs not to try to "block" Brexit.

"Exit day" - 2300 GMT on 29 March 2019 - will be included in the EU Withdrawal Bill, the government has confirmed.

The PM urged parties to "come together" to scrutinise the bill when it returns to the Commons but warned against using it to try to stop or slow it down.

But the author of the Article 50 withdrawal process has said that Brexit could still be reversed.

Cross-bench peer Lord Kerr, who wrote Article 50, the formal procedure for leaving the EU, will give a speech in London on Friday in which he will say: "We can change our minds at any stage of the process".

At an event hosted by the pro-EU Open Britain pressure group, the peer will say: "We are not required to withdraw just because Mrs May sent her letter" to Brussels.

"Actually, the country still has a free choice about whether to proceed. As new facts emerge, people are entitled to take a different view. And there's nothing in Article 50 to stop them."

But Mrs May, in an article in the Telegraph, said the decision to put the date of Brexit "on the front page" of the EU Withdrawal Bill showed the government was determined to see the process through.

"Let no-one doubt our determination or question our resolve, Brexit is happening," she said.

Brexit Secretary David Davis said: "Our amendment makes it crystal clear that the UK is leaving the EU at 11pm on March 29 2019.

"We have listened to members of the public and Parliament and have made this change to remove any confusion or concern about what 'exit day' means."


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