Article 50 to be triggered on 29 March

Carla Harmon
March 20, 2017

The move will pave the way for two years of negotiations, with the country expected to be out of the bloc by the end of March 2019.

The EU said it was ready to begin the negotiations and within 48 hours of the trigger on March 29, Tusk will send the other 27 member states his draft negotiating guidelines, which means that talks could start in May.

Brexit secretary David Davis said that there is a Fixed Term Parliament Act, which the prime minister intends to honor.

Article 50, which has never been used before, is quite simple and only consists of five short paragraphs.

The government has indicated that Britain could make contributions to the European Union budget to ensure trade access.

"She has chosen the hardest and most divisive form of Brexit, choosing to take us out of the Single Market before she has even tried to negotiate".

Holyrood's Brexit minister has criticised the UK Government after claiming Tory politicians in London "forgot" to inform Scotland of the date when Article 50 will be triggered.

Meanwhile, an European Union spokesperson told reporters in Brussels that they are "ready and waiting" for the letter.

September 18, 2014: Scottish voters decide in a referendum to remain part of the United Kingdom rather than become an independent country.

The triggering of the Lisbon Treaty comes nine months after Britain voted out of the European Union 51.9% to 48.9%.

"There will be a letter and she will notify President Tusk in writing".

The notification of triggering Article 50 of a key European Union treaty will come in the form of a letter delivered to Tusk - though it was unclear whether it would come through an actual letter or an electronic missive.

United Kingdom already pays about 12% of the EU Budget now.

The IFG - an independent charity that aims to increase government effectiveness - says departments will need "ruthlessly to prioritise" other legislation and find non-legislative routes to get the laws through, particularly given the government's narrow Commons majority.

The EU leaders will later hold a summit in April or May to decide a final response.

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