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British PM May: We are leaving the EU on March 29

Theresa May was speaking at Prime Minister’s Question Time where she sparred with opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn.

LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (PARLIAMENT TV) – Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday (January 16) that Britain will be leaving the European Union in March, and that the bloc would only consider extending the ‘Article 50’ negotiating period if there was a credible alternative exit plan.

May also said that backing her government in a confidence vote due later on Wednesday would enable the country to find a way forward on Brexit.

The day after her parliamentary loss by the worst margin for a British government in modern times, May was widely expected to hold on to power through a confidence vote, having secured the backing of her own party’s rebels and its Northern Irish allies.

The confidence motion, called by opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn after lawmakers rejected May’s Brexit deal by 432-202, will be held at 1900 GMT.

May and Corbyn clashed over Brexit in parliament on Wednesday (January 16) in a fiery Prime Minister’s Questions session.

With the clock ticking down to March 29, the date set in law for Brexit, the United Kingdom is now in the deepest political crisis in half a century as it grapples with how, or even whether, to exit the European project it joined in 1973.


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