UK may remain in European Union until 2019

Sources inside the cabinet of British Prime Minister Theresa May have revealed to The Sunday Times the expected departure date for the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU) could conceivably be forced off until 2019.

The UK voted to leave the EU June 23.

According to the Times, members of the Prime Minister’s cabinet have stated May’s activation of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, the clause in the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, which entitles a Member State to dissolve its relationship with the economic alliance, may not be invoked until the fall of 2017 over concerns several UK government agencies will not be disposed to administer the transition.

“They don’t have the infrastructure for the people they need to hire.  “They say they don’t even know the right questions to ask when they finally begin bargaining with Europe,” said one unnamed source who spoke to cabinet officials.

May had signaled in July she would not immediately initiate “Brexit” until the British government had a decidedly “UK approach” to negotiations with the EU.

Further complicating matters are persistent concerns with the future of negotiating partners in France and Germany.  Both countries will hold national elections and unease over with whom the UK would enter into negotiations with linger.

“Maybe waiting for French and German elections to be out of the way gives the new French president or German chancellor more of a chance for latitude for some of the things that the British public say we need,” averred London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Negotiations to leave the economic bloc hinge on ratification EU member states and are required to last no longer than two years once Article 50 is triggered.


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