Theresa May to trigger Article 50 on 29 March

Andrew Cummings
March 20, 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May will trigger Britain's divorce proceedings with the European Union on March 29, launching two years of negotiations that will reshape the future of the country and Europe.

British government has officialy notified the European Council president Donald Tusk that Brexit procedure will start at the end of this month.

More than 40 years after the United Kingdom joined the EU and nine months since it voted to quit it, UK's permanent representative to the EU, Tim Barrow, informed the EU President Donald Tusk on of her plan to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, the mechanism for quitting that has never been used, Bloomberg reports. The notification that Britain will invoke Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty, the official trigger for Brexit, will be done by letter, he said.

The move paves the way for two years of negotiations with the European Union, meaning that the country will leave the bloc in March 2019.

A spokesman for the Prime Minister said the trip to Swansea was part of an "ongoing engagement" with the nations, and that Mrs May will be "listening to people from right across the nation as we prepare to leave the EU". The remaining 27 leaders are also expected to call an extraordinary summit within four to six weeks.

"I want every part of the United Kingdom to be able to make the most of the opportunities ahead and for Welsh businesses to benefit from the freest possible trade as part of a global trading nation". Such a transitional deal would allay fears about an impending cliff edge in March 2019, when Britain is set to crash out of the single market and face the EU's steep external tariffs on goods ranging from meat to cars.

The row comes amid increasing tension between Edinburgh and London over Brexit after Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced plans to seek to hold a second independence referendum in the wake of the vote to quit the European Union.

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