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Theresa May will not begin the Brexit process until 2017

Theresa May has said she will not trigger the Brexit process until at least next year amid fears that a general election could allow for pro-EU MPs to reverse the initiation of Article 50.

The new Prime Minister told her Swedish equivalent that she has no intentions to activate the section of the Lisbon Treaty to begin the process of removing Great Britain from the European Union until 2017.

A Downing Street spokesperson said: “The Prime Minister called her Swedish counterpart Stefan Lofven this morning, and Prime Minister Lofven congratulated the Prime Minister on her appointment.

“They discussed the outcome of the UK’s referendum on membership of the EU and the Prime Minister reiterated that Article 50 will not be triggered before the end of the year.”

“The Prime Minister underlined that, although the UK is leaving the EU, we remain committed to maintaining strong relations with European countries.

“The two leaders noted the UK and Sweden’s long history of close co-operation and deep bilateral ties and agreed that we should work to build these ties further. They looked forward to meeting in the near future.”

Conservative backbencher and Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg told The Express that it is vital that May’s Brexit process is completed before the 2020 general election to ensure an incoming government cannot reverse the decision.

He added: “The earliest part of 2017 seems the right time to pull the trigger in the expectation that we would be out of the EU by 2019 with an election the following year.”

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