Article 50 to be triggered on 29 March

Prime Minister, Theresa May will trigger Article 50 and officially begin the process for the UK to leave the EU on 29 March 2017, Downing Street has confirmed

The UK’s Permanent Representative to the European Union, Sir Tim Barrow, has informed the office of European Council President, Donald Tusk, of the UK’s intention to invoke Article 50 on29 Match 2017.

May has previously said that she would start the Brexit process ‘by the end of March’, therefore she has met her commitment. She will contact Tusk directly to launch negotiations in due course.

Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, David Davis, said: ‘Last June, the people of the UK made the historic decision to leave the EU. Next Wednesday, the government will deliver on that decision and formally start the process by triggering Article 50.

‘The government is clear in its aims: a deal that works for every nation and region of the UK and indeed for all of Europe – a new, positive partnership between the UK and our friends and allies in the European Union.’

Brexit is expected to be a two year process with May already having outlined a 12-point plan to prepare the UK to leave the EU, controversially stating that the UK cannot stay in the single market but instead should ensure a ‘big free trade deal’ with Europe. 

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