By Adenike Lucas, reporting live from Birmingham,Sunday 7:32PM
Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed today that she would trigger Article 50 – the formal process to exit from the European Union – before the end of March 2017.
According to her plans, Britain is likely to leave the 28 nations block by spring of 2019.
Mrs May the second female to lead the Tory party succeeded David Cameron who quit after the EU referendum defeat.
In her first speech to the Conservative Conference since becoming Prime Minister, Mrs May announced government plans to repeal the 1972 European Communities Acts and also confirmed that the country will not be enjoying the single market access.
“Let me be clear,”she said: “We are not leaving the EU today to give up control of immigration again and we are not leaving only to return to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.”
The Former Home Secretary who saw off her only challenger for the leadership of the party before an election said she was not able to give a “running commentary or blow-by-blow account of the negotiations,” but she vowed that there” will be no unnecessary delays in invoking Article 50.”
“We will invoke it when we are ready. And we will be ready soon. We will invoke Article 50 no later than the end of March next year,” she said.
She noted that “some politicians- democratically-elected politicians – say that the referendum is not valid, that we need to have a second vote.”
“Others,” she explained “say they don’t like the result, and they’ll challenge any attempt to leave the European Union through the courts.
“The referendum result was clear. It was legitimate. It was the biggest vote change this country has ever known. Brexit means Brexit.”
She repeated her plans to make a success of life outside Brexit.