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Brexit to be 'probably' discussed in early 2017, Johnson

Brexit to be 'probably' discussed in early 2017, JohnsonThe UK will "probably" commence formal negotiations to leave the European Union early in 2017, BBC.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has told to the BBC, it was still "subject for discussion" but the "Article 50 letter" would be produced "probably in the early part" of 2017.

Prime Minister Theresa May has not yet announced the definite dates of the official leaving procedure.

Johnson told the BBC: "The government is working towards an Article 50 letter which as you know will be produced, probably, in the early part of next year.That's still subject for discussion but what is clear I think to our friends and partners in the EU is two broad principles: we are not leaving Europe.

"Although we are leaving the EU treaties, we do want to have the closest possible trading relationship and it's very much in their interests to achieve that... it's very much in their interests to do a great free trade deal with us, and I think that will happen," he said.

Theresa May's spokesperson said Article 50 will be triggered "not before the end of this year".

"The decision is hers [Mrs May's] and she will do that at a time which is most likely to get the best deal for Britain," the spokeswoman added.
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