Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Culture | By Julio Duncan

United Kingdom to begin Brexit process on March 29

United Kingdom to begin Brexit process on March 29

The historic start of the process, 44 years after the United Kingdom joined the EEC in 1973, will trigger a two-year countdown for negotiations over the exit terms and any interim trade deal.

On Monday, Sir Tim Barrow, Britain's EU representative, notified European Council President Donald Tusk to expect a letter invoking Article 50, the parliamentary procedure triggering the departure process, on March 29. Mr Tusk said recently that European Union leaders would respond within "more or less 48 hours" of the letter, starting possibly the most complicated series of negotiations in British history.

May embarked Monday on a tour of Britain as part of ongoing engagements with devolved regions ahead of triggering the Article 50.

Speaking soon after the date was announced during her ongoing tour of Wales, the British Prime Minister said she would work towards getting a "good free trade deal" from the EU.

British prime minister Theresa May is due to make a statement to the House of Commons the same day.

A spokesperson for May said: "We have always been clear that we will trigger by the end of March and we have met that timetable". May has said now is not the time for Scotland to vote on independence, preferring to wait until after Brexit.

The contents of the letter which will be sent to formally trigger article 50 on March 29th are unclear.

In the referendum held on June 23 past year, 52 percent of Britons voted to leave the European Union in a historic and surprise move.

Mr Tusk tweeted that he plans to present draft Brexit guidelines to the remaining 27 member states within 48 hours of notification. We don't know if other European Union countries would agree to Britain going back to renegotiate the deal.

"The legislation required for Brexit will leave little parliamentary time for anything else", Hannah White, IFG's director of research, said in a release.

The bill to be introduced later this year will serve the dual goal of repealing the European Communities Act and incorporate more than four decades of EU law into British law.

European Union leaders will then meet to discuss these, probably in April, and a final negotiating mandate will be agreed, probably by the end of May or early June.

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