Britain to launch European Union exit process on Mar 29

Andrew Cummings
March 21, 2017

The Article 50 announcement came after Britain's envoy to Brussels, Sir Tim Barrow, informed Mr Tusk's office on Monday morning.

"We are on the threshold of the most important negotiation for this country for a generation", said David Davis, Britain's Brexit secretary.

"I don't think there are many countries that would have anything critical to say of such a deal as they would be helped by it", he added. The country doesn't know what its future relationship with the bloc will look like - whether its businesses will freely be able to trade with the rest of Europe, its students can study overseas or its pensioners will be allowed to retire easily in other European Union states.

May has conceded Britain will have to quit the single market for goods and services - accounting for about 44 per cent of its exports - to avoid being bound by European court rulings and the free movement of migrants.

It is expected that the 27 other European Union member nations will agree to the start date, with an initial response from them with 48 hours, the BBC reported.

Without a new trade agreement, Britain would fall back on World Trade Organization (WTO) rules, which could mean higher export tariffs and other barriers.

The British government confirmed that it would trigger Article 50 on March 29th, 2017. Though it would give more time to both negotiating sides, EU officials claim that the United Kingdom would have to continue paying into the EU budget and being subject to rulings from the European Court of justice during that time - but these are two of the reasons why Brexiters want to leave the EU rapidly.

May will address MPs in a statement to the House of Commons following her regular weekly session of prime minister's questions on March 29.

The government has previously stated it would trigger Article 50 by the end of the month.

Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon threw a wrench in those plans last Monday by announcing a push for a new independence referendum from the United Kingdom, which also includes England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The prime minister heads into the European Union negotiations with her premiership, Britain's economy and even the United Kingdom's viability as a unified country all on the line.

Brexit minister David Davis has said there would be no sudden drop in numbers, as it would take years to fill low-skilled jobs in hospitality, social care and agriculture now done by immigrants.

"The legislation required for Brexit will leave little parliamentary time for anything else", Hannah White, IFG's director of research, said in a release. Yes, it's true that some Remainers have made a speciality of "problematizing" Brexit, but reworking Britain's relationship with the European Union after over forty years of integration is indeed technically as well as politically extremely complex.

"It will be a challenge for both the government and Parliament to do all this while still ensuring full scrutiny and leaving room for the government's domestic policy agenda".

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