When Theresa May launched her campaign in Birmingham last month (11 July) to become the next leader of the UK’s Conservative party, she made the now famous promise that “Brexit means Brexit”, adding that she would “make a success of it”.
However, she never said when it would actually happen.
UK ministers have now privately warned senior figures in the City of London that Britain could remain in the EU until late 2019, UK weekly The Sunday Times and other British media reported over the weekend.
The government was set to trigger article 50 – which starts the formal process for quitting the Brussels club – at the beginning of 2017, the media reports said. This would mean leaving the EU could follow early 2019 after two years of negotiations.