Theresa May declares Article 50 to be triggered by March 2017

Conservative Party Leader and Prime Minister, Theresa May, addresses delegates at the Conservative Party Conference at the ICC, in Birmingham, England, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. May has vowed to govern from the "center ground" of politics, a day after her government alarmed liberals by saying that businesses should prioritize hiring British workers over foreign ones. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
Conservative Party Leader and Prime Minister, Theresa May, addresses delegates at the Conservative Party Conference at the ICC, in Birmingham, England, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016.  (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Theresa May has announced that the formal process for Brexit will be triggered by the end of March 2017.

May declared at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham that “there will be no unnecessary delays in invoking Article 50” and “make no mistake, this is going to be a deal that works for Britain”.

The Prime Minister added: “We’re going once more to have the freedom to make our own decisions on a whole host of different matters, from the way we label our food to the way in which we choose to control immigration.”

The morning of the Brexit result, Nigel Farage backtracked from the Leave campaign’s promise of £350m of EU money being spent on the NHS. Three months after the result, the people of Britain are still requesting this funding to be given to national services and healthcare.

Bridget Phillipson, Labour MP for Sunderland Central spoke on her website about the Leave Campaign ‘abandon[ing] the pledge’ to spend the extra funding on the NHS once the UK leaves the EU.

She said: “Many people who voted to leave did so on the understanding that more money would be available for our struggling heath services.”

The Office for National Statistics (ONS), estimated the total growth of employment from the last year being 614,000. The data showed the increase was made up from 60.7% UK nationals, and 38.7% EU nationals, and 0.6 of non-EU nationals.

Donna, 41 from Sunderland, said: “There have been too many promises made in the past that’s never been fulfilled really. There were loads of racism and all that about and I don’t believe it is a reason to leave.

“I witnessed in a pizza shop where I live and the boy who was being served said he had been robbed of two cans… and he was calling them everything, he mentioned Brexit… and he said ‘you shouldn’t be here.'”

Naomi Little, 20, a student from Cumbria voted to stay within the EU. She said: “I think it would have benefited the UK as a whole if we stayed in because I saw an interview where a couple of people voted to leave, and they panicked.

“I think a few people definitely did make a wrong choice who voted to leave.”

Naomi also believes the Leave Campaign should work towards ensuring more funding for the NHS. “That picture that was on the side of the bus, that was very hard-hitting. That should then be their goal to make sure we get that money,” she said.

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