Brexit unlikely to be complete over a two year period - Hayes

Sign up to our daily newsletter for up to date global news and features. To loud applause, Mrs May said: "I know some people ask about the "trade-off' between controlling immigration and trading with Europe".

"I warmly welcome what the prime minister said, it's very much the timing that makes sense, we don't want to rush into it but we don't want to drag out the uncertainty".

Before now May has only said that Britain would not trigger Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty - which sets a maximum two-year clock ticking until a country's departure from the 28-member bloc - before the end of this year. "We will invoke Article 50 no later than the end of March next year", she said. Conservative Anna Soubry, a former minister who is in the Tory pro-Europe wing of the party, told ITV that she was concerned that May would trigger the article so soon, warning that companies such as Nissan might leave without a deal on the single market. It is up to the government to trigger Article 50, and the government alone.

"It was right to wait before triggering Article 50".

"Because we have got to understand that if it is a hard Brexit, it is also a harsh Brexit".

The Prime Minister also detailed plans for a Great Repeal Bill to overturn the 1972 Act which took the United Kingdom into the bloc.

Britain's governing Conservative Party meets for its annual conference from Sunday, October 2, facing questions over how and when it will take the country out of the European Union following the Brexit vote.

At the same time British judges would regain their supremacy over the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.

May said her government instead would incorporate all European Union laws into British law and then repeal measures as necessary on a case-by-case basis. European regulations come into domestic law and they will need to remain in law until they are repealed and replaced.

Boris Johnson says Britain will be more active and energised in the world after Brexit and said the world needs Britain more than ever, lamenting the erosion of liberal democracies and the West's insecurity post-GFC and Iraq war.

They argue that the European Union would only be harming itself if it began imposing tariffs on British goods and services because the EU exports more to Britain than Britain does to the rest of the bloc. Any changes in the law will have to be subject to full scrutiny and proper Parliamentary debate.

"Let me be clear. The people have spoken, we will deliver on that". "That would be by the end of March 2017", as per a Bloomberg report.

"It's not going to be a Norway model". "That is the wrong way of looking at things", she insisted.

Mrs May told The Sunday Times: "This marks the first stage in the United Kingdom becoming a sovereign and independent country once again".

"We will do what independent, sovereign countries do". "We will look at the various ways that we can bring in the control that the British people want". "It is not clear if we would mirror European Union law thereafter". I want it to include cooperation on law enforcement and counter-terrorism work. But let me be clear.

Those rules will see higher taxes placed on goods and services between Britain and the EU but, by being out of the union, the government will be able to control migration from other European countries.

Today the prime minister made it clear that the United Kingdom would no longer be under the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice, another hint perhaps underlining the expectation that we won't be in the single market.

In a tough, uncompromising speech, after months of refusing to give a "running commentary" since the referendum on 23 June, we now know who, what, where, how, why and - crucially - when.

The Prime Minister cited initial scoping work that had ben done with Australia and New Zealand to form free trade agreements as evidence Britain could "stand tall...[and] forge an ambitious and optimistic new role in the world".

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