Article 50 will not be triggered this week, says Downing St

Article 50 will not be activated this week as expected, it has emerged.

Monday, 13th March 2017, 4:47 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 11:07 am
Theresa May will not trigger Article 50 this week as expected. Picture: AFP/Getty Images
Theresa May will not trigger Article 50 this week as expected. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

The formal process of withdrawing from the EU was due to be triggered as early as Tuesday.

A spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May has indicated that would now not be initiated until next week at the earliest.

The spokesman said: “We have been clear. The Prime Minister will trigger Article 50 by the end of March.”

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Theresa May will not trigger Article 50 this week as expected. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

It comes after news on Monday morning that First Minister Nicola Sturgeon intends to seek approval from the Scottish Parliament for a second independence referendum.

She said a re-run of the referendum would give Scots the choice between the UK government’s Brexit deal and remaining a member of the EU as an indepedent country.

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Theresa May will not trigger Article 50 this week as expected. Picture: AFP/Getty Images