Article 50

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:39 pm on 24th January 2017.

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Photo of Gisela Stuart Gisela Stuart Labour, Birmingham, Edgbaston 12:39 pm, 24th January 2017

We all know that negotiations are two-way processes, and we accept that our European partners may not be able to agree on anything until the German and French elections are out of the way. In the meantime, however, there is a logic to why article 50 should be triggered by the end of March. It has to do with a two-year process, so that by the time of the next European elections we will have completed the process. It is important to remind not just colleagues in this House but probably colleagues in the other House that there is a logic to an end of March date.