Britain does not plan to trigger Article 50 this year, lawyer says

Britain does not plan to start formal negotiations on leaving the European Union this year, a lawyer representing the government said on Tuesday.

Jason Coppel said he told the High Court that Prime Minister Theresa May's government does not intend to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which sets the rules for a nation leaving the EU, until the end of this year.

"I stated the government's position on timing of notification and the court fixed a timetable to fit in with that timing," Coppel told dpa in an email following Tuesday's hearing.

The court has been asked to rule on whether the executive powers of the prime minister allow May to trigger Article 50, which starts a two-year negotiations process, without a vote in parliament.

Two High Court judges on Tuesday set a date in October for a judicial review hearing of the case.

Last update: Tue, 19/07/2016 - 17:55

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