Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

May begins United Kingdom tour to gain Brexit support

May begins United Kingdom tour to gain Brexit support

The prime minister's spokesman has confirmed that Theresa May will trigger article 50 on Wednesday, March 29, initiating the formal process for the United Kingdom to leave the EU.

The UK's permanent representative in Brussels, Sir Tim Barrow, this morning notified European Council president Donald Tusk that the Prime Minister has chosen Wednesday March 29 as the day to obey the instructions of the British people given in last June's in-out referendum.

Meanwhile, Britain's Institute for Government has said as many as 15 new Parliamentary Bills may be needed due to Brexit.

October 2: May says that Britain will begin the formal process of leaving the European Union by the end of March 2017. She has been vocal that Britain is heading for a "bad deal" on Brexit and apparently wants out.

May has already announced that she will make a statement to the House of Commons shortly after invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.

The notification of triggering Article 50 will come in the form of a letter delivered to Tusk next week, which will likely plunge Britain into a period of intense uncertainty. These include getting a good free trade deal.

Jean Claude Juncker, as European Commission president, will oversee the process, while Barnier and his taskforce of negotiators deal with the United Kingdom government for the next two years.

If Scotland votes for independence, expect more years to negotiate its split from London and possible re-entry to the EU.

At the same time, May faces threats by Scottish nationalists to call a new independence referendum that could break up the United Kingdom and fears in Northern Ireland that a "hard border" with European Union member Ireland will return after Brexit.

May - Ministers in the EU's normally low-key General Affairs Council will be called, again excluding Britain, to agree legal "negotiating directives" that will bind Barnier and his team. Such will confirm May's October pronouncement that she would begin the process by March.

Sir Tim Barrow, Britain's ambassador to the European Union, sought to dampen growing Brexiteer enthusiasm to quit without paying "a brass farthing" as one Conservative MP put it.

After he resigned, Sir Ivan warned that Whitehall departments were not engaging properly with the European Union on day-to-day business because Brexit was a distraction.

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