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Theresa May’s two-year Brexit to-do list

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves Downing Street in London
Reuters/Neil Hall
So much to do, so little time.
  • Jason Karaian
By Jason Karaian

Global finance and economics editor

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Brexit talks have officially begun, so leaders in London, Brussels, and beyond will have their work cut out for them. All eyes will be on British prime minister Theresa May in particular, as she tries to negotiate an amicable divorce from the EU within the two-year timeframe set out by the bloc’s rules.

Sources in Whitehall gave Quartz an exclusive peek at the prime minister’s personal schedule.* Needless to say, she plans on being very busy between now and March 2019.

March 29, 2017

March 30, 2017

  • Taste of Tennessee.

March 31, 2017

  • is due. (Check ink levels on fax machine.)

April 2017

  • EU summit on Brexit.  

May 2017

  • Eurovision watching party at Windsor Castle.

June 2017

  • state visit. Practice key phrase: “Mi casa es su casa, pero no se quede por mucho tiempo.

July 2017

  • appearance are true, can ask him about a free-trade deal with Canada. Bond by showing him the selfie.

August 2017

  • new iPhone.

September 2017

  • After German federal election, send Merkel a note with congratulations/commiserations [delete as necessary].

October 2017

  • old pound coins. Exchange for dollars?

November 2017

  • St. Andrew’s Day: Set out-of-office message for all internal correspondence from “Sturgeon, Nicola.”

December 2017

  • old place!

January 2018

  • “Me” time.

February 2018

  • Downton Abbey film. Location apparently top secret—ask MI5 for address.

March 2018

  • Getting to Yes.

April 2018

  • Given the rising rates environment, rotate out of high-grade credit into high-beta equities. Consider 5s10s EUR swap curve steepener. Close 20-strike puts in Snap Inc shares. Buy rubles. Or gold. Probably gold.

May 2018

  • Consider getting a dog? Tell staff to research breeds according to these traits (in order): British, tenacious, cuddly.

June 2018

  • right? Check if Xi Jinping going anyway.)

July 2018

  • Spend a day at the England-India cricket match—our likely loss will put Indian trade reps in a good mood. Together, we can hit tariffs and non-tariff barriers for six!

August 2018

  • Burning Man.

September 2018

  • innovative British jam.

October 2018

  • Buy yen. And more gold.

November 2018

  • ancient Chinese ceramics from the British Museum might help sweeten the deal.

December 2018

  • Swiss Alps v. Sussex.

January 2019

  • Probably another Italian election sometime around now.

February 2019

  • Ask Sergio, that barista at Pret, whether he knows anyone at the Spanish trade delegation.

March 28, 2019

  • fishing rights.

March 29, 2019

  • Brexit day! 👋

March 30, 2019

  • Pilates.

* They didn’t, really. With additional sleuthing by Kabir Chibber, Nikhil Sonnad, and Cassie Werber.

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