Britain’s May wins right to initiate E.U. divorce talks

Mar 14, 2017, 6:31 AM EDT
(Source: Foreign and Commonwealth Office/flickr)
(Source: Foreign and Commonwealth Office/flickr)

British Prime Minister Theresa May won the right to launch two-year long divorce talks with the European Union after both the houses in the parliament approved the so-called Brexit bill on Monday. The exact date for triggering Article 50 of the E.U.'s Lisbon Treaty remains unknown, however, May’s spokesman hinted that the announcement may follow anytime towards the end of the month.

The negotiations, being dubbed as the most “complex” since World War Two,” would shape the future of Britain and Europe, notes Reuters. Britain, seeking a free trade deal, sovereignty over its laws and tighter grip on immigration, faces an uphill task, with the E.U. balking at its demands.

“Hard Brexit” is not the only concern for May at this point, writes South China Morning Post. With Scotland calling for a new independence referendum and separatist voices from North Ireland, a lot of issues are jostling for attention.