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UK will not trigger Article 50 this year, court informed

© Geoff Caddick, AFP | British Prime Minister Theresa May on July 13, 2016

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2016-07-19

Britain will not begin its formal divorce from the European Union by invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty this year, a government lawyer told the High Court on Tuesday.

Lawyer Jason Coppell indicated however that the government's current position could change.

"The current position is that notification will not occur before the end of 2016," Coppell said.

Prime Minister Theresa May has said Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty, which starts a two-year countdown to exit, should not be triggered this year.

Coppell was speaking at the start of the first of a series of lawsuits brought by individuals to demand that the British government win legislative approval from parliament before triggering Article 50.

(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS and AFP)

Date created : 2016-07-19

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