THE time has come to crack on with leaving the EU, Theresa May declared last night. It is thought she could trigger exit talks as early as next Tuesday.

Speaking at her last EU summit before she is due to activate the departure process, the Prime Minister said Britain was on the brink of a “defining moment” and ready to “forge a new role in the world”.

She also signalled her determination to resist any attempt by Brussels to hit the UK with a swingeing “divorce” bill of up to £52billion as a punishment for voting to leave.

Her remarks came as ministers prepared to bring the parliamentary wrangle over Brexit between MPs and peers to an end on Monday.

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