UK PM says will begin Brexit process before German election: Sunday Times

Reuters News
Posted: Oct 01, 2016 3:40 PM

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will not wait for German elections due in September 2017 before triggering Article 50 to begin the formal process of leaving the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May told the Sunday Times newspaper.

May, who will give a speech to members of the ruling Conservative Party on Sunday, ruled out an early general election, saying it would cause "instability", but said she would repeal the 1972 European Communities Act which took Britain into what is now the EU.

"We will introduce, in the next Queen's speech, a Great Repeal Bill that will remove the European Communities Act from the statute book," she told the newspaper.

Overturning the act will take legal effect once Britain formally leaves the European Union, the newspaper reported.

(Reporting by Costas Pitas, editing by Elizabeth Piper)