Shortly before becoming British prime minister in July, Theresa May declared “Brexit means Brexit.”
Voters had narrowly favored leaving the 28-nation European Union in a June referendum, and May was putting her stamp on the notion that there was no turning back.
Now she has set a timetable for a two-year process that ultimately would see Britain extricated from the EU by summer 2019.
May, during a speech at the annual Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, said Britain would invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which would launch proceedings by the end of March.
“Whether people like it or not, the country voted to...