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Theresa May set to visit Wales in bid to unite UK

20 March 2017

Defence Secretary, Sir Michael Fallon, has been initiating discussions with EU countries regarding building up military links to reassure them that Britain is committed to European security and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

"We wish the talks to begin promptly, but we fully respect that the 27 (other European Union nations) will want to agree their position in advance", the spokesman said. It is then likely to be some years thereafter before it has finalised a trade deal with the European Union, if indeed it is able to do so.

Brexit secretary David Davis said that there is a Fixed Term Parliament Act, which the prime minister intends to honor.

European Council President Donald Tusk says he will present draft guidelines for the negotiations on Britain's departure from the bloc within two days of London notifying its intention to leave on March 29.

Mike Russell said he only found out the Brexit process would formally get under way on March 29 when it was reported in the media.

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There were plenty of predictable messages from Theresa May in Swansea: the desire to represent all corners of the United Kingdom, the determination to get a free-trade deal with the European Union as well as the call to companies to look further afield for trade.

Triggering Article 50 initiates a two-year process of exit talks, although this time period can be extended if all parties agree to it.

Theresa May first came to Wales in the baking hot sun in Cardiff Bay last summer, a short time after she became Prime Minister.

"We are on the threshold of the most important negotiation for this country for a generation".

The move comes nine months after Britain voted 51.9 per cent to 48.1 per cent in favour of Brexit in a referendum on June 23, 2016.

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While this is all well and good, the rosy picture for the government painted by these figures assumes that Theresa May actually achieves the sort of Brexit she wants.

Britain's exit negotiations are expected to be exceptionally tricky, with the country aiming to leave Europe's common market and customs union but hoping to retain preferential access to both through a new trading agreement.

Downing Street failed to tell Scottish ministers it would trigger Article 50 before making a public announcement, despite previous suggestions.

May has said that Britain's House of Commons and Lords will have a vote on the deal she negotiates but she has insisted the United Kingdom will leave anyway even if Parliament rejects that deal.

The extra measures will place "a huge burden" on the Parliament and government departments, the think tank said.

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