British Prime Minister Teresa May says the UK will begin the process of leaving the European Union by March 30, and forge a unique relationship with the EU. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: Prime Minister Theresa May said on Sunday (October 2) she would trigger the process to leave the EU by the end of March, offering the first glimpse of a timetable for a divorce that will redefine Britain's ties with its biggest trading partner. Britain's shock vote to leave the European Union in June propelled May to power and the former interior minister has been under pressure to offer more details on her plan for departure, beyond an often-repeated catch phrase that "Brexit means Brexit". In a move to ease fears among her ruling Conservatives that she may delay the divorce, May told the party's annual conference in Birmingham, central England, that she was determined to move on with the process. Using Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty will give Britain a two-year period to clinch one of the most complex deals in Europe since World War Two. "We will invoke Article 50 no later than the end of March next year," May told the conference to cheers from hundreds of members. But it was her call to repeal the 1972 European Communities Act next year, a law that took Britain into what is now the EU, and make Britain "a sovereign and independent country" that received the loudest cheers from her audience. Some members of her Conservative Party said that what May has billed as the 'Great Repeal Act' was little more than a technicality, but many others said it was the first step for Britain to reclaim power and dispense with some EU regulation.