Article 50 will be triggered on March 29

Ivan Schwartz
March 20, 2017

The British government has said it will trigger Article 50, formally starting the process of leaving the European Union, on March 29.

Mrs May will make a statement to MPs in the House of Commons next week, after she sends a letter to the EU Council President, Donald Tusk, informing him of our impending departure.

March 20: British government says it will formally launch the Brexit process by triggering Article 50 on March 29.

Formal talks between Britain and the EU must then wait for member states to approve more detailed negotiating rules and give an official mandate to European Commission Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, officials said. A spokesperson said that May will write a letter to the EU's 27 other members to express her intent to have the negotiations begin swiftly.

Cherry said, "Smaller businesses want to make sure that easy access to the European Union single market and the right talent feature prominently in the forthcoming negotiations".

President of the European Council Donald Tusk has said he will issue draft Brexit negotiating guidelines to the other member states within 48 hours of the United Kingdom triggering article 50; in other words, before the end of next week.

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Last week Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that she plans to push for a second Scottish referendum, despite May saying it was not the right time.

"We want the negotiations to start promptly", Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman told reporters. Mr Tusk said recently that European Union leaders would respond within "more or less 48 hours" of the letter, starting possibly the most complicated series of negotiations in British history.

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.

Originally, former British prime minister David Cameron had suggested he would trigger Article 50 immediately after Britain's June 23, 2016, vote to leave the E.U. However, that move was swiftly delayed by a number of factors, including Cameron's own resignation and the subsequent leadership battle to replace him. Britain had said it hoped the trade deal could be agreed, at least in outline, during the two-year period when the exit talks were being finalised.

This process is called "Article 50" and begins the actual withdrawal from the EU. The EU wants Britain to pay a hefty divorce bill - estimates have ranged up to 60 billion euros ($64 billion) - to cover pension liabilities for EU staff and other commitments the United Kingdom has agreed to.

"Labour will hold the prime minister to account all the way, and argue for a Brexit deal that puts jobs, the economy and living standards first".

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