Britain’s surprise vote to leave the EU left many perplexed to this day. But 2017 may be the year when the country formally begins the withdrawal process. British Prime Minister Theresa May is in the process of getting ready a major speech that will highlight her entire Brexit plan, reports BBC.
May’s government has been confronted with accusations of “muddled thinking” on how she is approaching the Brexit process. It is expected that her Tuesday address to the ambassadors and high commissioners from across the globe will lay out her vision.
Among the expectations from the speech is that Ms May will cite the government’s determined efforts to forge a new relationship with Europe even as they walk out of the union.
Hard Brexit or soft Brexit?
Theresa May’s planned speech comes just a day after Sunday newspapers suggested that she will seek for hard Brexit. This move will see Britain completely leave the single market and European customs union.
If the country chooses to go the hard Brexit way, it will retake its control over the borders and no longer will it be bound by the European Court of Justice.
However, Downing Street has turned down any request for comments over the matter.
The PM has constantly insisted that the UK will trigger Article 50 by the end of March, an action that will formally launch the Brexit negotiations.
Challenges from critics
But May hasn’t had it smooth in her Brexit strategy. Many have criticized her moves. Even her own top officials have not entirely sided with her, including Ivan Rogers who quit from his role as Britain’s ambassador to the EU.
In his farewell letter to the staff, Rogers said that they “do not yet know what the government will set as negotiating objectives for the U.K.’s relationship with the EU after exit.” He went on to accuse the Whitehall over “muddled thinking.”
In her very first 2017 interview, May rejected these allegations saying that their “thinking on this isn’t muddled at all,” reports Sky News.
Rogers handed in his resignation letter barely a week after EU chief negotiator, Michael Barnier, warned Britain to expect a rough time in striking a deal.
According to Barnier, the whole process should be over by 2018 so that enough time is availed for the remaining 27 member states to ratify to the EU rules.
The European Union rules allow for 2-years negotiations once Article 50 is triggered.
Brexit will be a success
Through a writing to Sunday Times, Brexit Secretary David Davis emphasized that it’s the intentions of the UK government to successfully implement Brexit.
“It is absolutely in our interest that the EU succeeds,” said the Secretary.