Theresa May to attend E.U. meet to dispel Brexit fears

Oct 20, 2016, 6:00 AM EDT
U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May
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British Prime Minister Theresa May is set to attend the European Union summit in Brussels, where the leader is expected to reassure other 27 bloc members over the government’s strategy for Brexit. The E.U. leaders are gathering to discuss the issues of migration, trade and Russian aggression but Britain’s withdrawal from the bloc is likely to figure prominently in the agenda.

In her first opportunity to address E.U. leaders as U.K. prime minister, May will reiterate that Britain’s decision to leave is irreversible and there can be no second referendum, notes The Guardian.

May, who will address the leaders over a working dinner during the two-day meeting, will also allay fears that Britain’s exit from the E.U. might trigger economic and political instability in U.K. and the rest of Europe. European Union leaders insist that there can be no formal discussion on Brexit until the U.K. government triggers Article 50.

May is under pressure from M.P.s, who demand they should be consulted before May invokes Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to launch Brexit talks, writes the BBC. The British government faces a landmark legal challenge as it refused to offer the M.P.s a vote on its Brexit strategy before triggering Article 50.