Published: Tue, March 21, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

UK PM Theresa May to trigger Brexit on March 29

UK PM Theresa May to trigger Brexit on March 29

On Monday May's government said her permanent envoy to the EU had informed European Council President Donald Tusk of the date when Britain intends to invoke Article 50 of its Lisbon Treaty - the mechanism for starting its exit after a referendum last June in which Britons voted by a 52-48 per cent margin to leave the bloc.

If all goes according to the two year negotiations allowed for in the official timetable, Brexit should happen in March 2019.

"We wish the talks to begin promptly, but we fully respect that the 27 (other European Union nations) will want to agree their position in advance", the spokesman said.

"That is what the Liberal Democrats strongly believe and we will spend the next two years saying so".

May has said she wants to leave the European single market in order to be able to control immigration.

"We are on the threshold of the most important negotiation for this country for a generation", Davis said. They include putting issues like continuing working together on issues like security at the core of what we are doing.

The UK expects to receive a response to Barrow's notification from the EU Council within 48 hours, he added.

"Everything is ready on this side", Margaritis Schinas, the spokesman for European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker, told a briefing.

The United Kingdom held a referendum last June in which Britons voted by a 52-48 percent margin to leave the European Union, the first member state ever to do so.

It will be the first time that the provisions of Article 50 - which sets out the process for any EU member state "to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements" - have been activated.

The Prime Minister will deliver her letter triggering Article 50 to President Tusk on the Wednesday, and deliver a statement to the House of Commons announce the move.

After May's letter reaches Tusk, he is expected to distribute draft guidelines for the negotiations to the 27 other European Union member states.

Michael Russell, minister for United Kingdom negotiations on Scotland's place in Europe, tweeted, "Thank you BBC News for letting JMC members like me know that Article 50 is to be triggered next week". But economists and government officials have warned that Britain's exit is likely to be turbulent, and some within the prime minister's ruling Conservative Party have pushed for her to call an early election this spring.

He said the Government wanted to secure "a new, positive partnership between the United Kingdom and our friends and allies in the European Union".

The Scotland head of state is demanding a second referendum on Scottish independence before the terms of Brexit are signed.

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