When exactly will Britain leave the EU? UK Parliament debates

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 07:57:52 AM. British Parliament starts hours of debate by arguing over when the two-year negotiating period for Brexit should end.
Photo: Anti-Brexit protesters wave EU and Union flags outside the Houses of Parliament in London. (Reuters: Peter Nicholls) British Parliament has started hours of debate by arguing over when the two-year negotiating period for Brexit should end and whether there should be a fixed time at all. It was just the first day of what promises to be a lengthy set of debates in Parliament on Prime Minister Theresa May's blueprint for leaving the EU — debates that will challenge her diminished authority and could force changes to her Brexit plan. Ms May's absence on Tuesday on another engagement suggested she was not unduly worried by the initial discussion. But the debate's ill-tempered tone showed the level of anger in a Parliament emboldened since Ms May lost her Conservative Party's majority in a June election and was forced to garner the support of a small Northern Irish party to be able to pass legislation. With catcalls, sarcastic jokes and jeers being bandied about — not just between the two main parties, as is the custom, but often within them — some MPs took issue with the Government's plans to quit the EU at 11:00pm on March 29. One, from the opposition Labour Party, said Britain should leave the EU on March 30, 2019, preferring midnight British time to the Government's proposal to leave an hour earlier — which would be midnight in Brussels. That was determined to be "technically deficient" by the government minister on the opposite side of the House of Commons, who said...Read more
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