March 13, 2017 / 4:44 PM / 4 months ago

PM May's spokesman underlines 'end' of March for EU exit trigger

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The Union Jack (bottom) and the European Union flag are seen flying, at the border of Gibraltar with Spain, in the British overseas territory of Gibraltar, historically claimed by Spain, June 27, 2016, after Britain voted to leave the European Union in the EU Brexit referendum.Jon Nazca/Files

LONDON (Reuters) - Theresa May's spokesman emphasised the word 'end' on Monday when asked at what point in March the prime minister was planning to trigger formal divorce talks with the European Union.

Local media have suggested that May could trigger Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty to launch the formal divorce procedure on Tuesday after passing legislation, something her team has dismissed as "speculation".

"We have been clear that the prime minister will trigger Article 50 by the end of March," the spokesman said, emphasising the word 'end'. "I have said 'end' many times but it would seem I didn't put it in capital letters quite strongly enough."

Reporting by William James, editing by Elizabeth Piper

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