Brexit: Three key things to watch as article 50 is triggered

Pauline Gross
March 20, 2017

Speaking after London announced that Prime Minister Theresa May would start the two-year withdrawal process by writing to European Union summit chair Donald Tusk next Wednesday, the source said this did not leave enough time to convene the other 27 leaders on April 6-7, dates that had been pencilled in for a meeting.

Britain's ambassador to the EU, Tim Barrow, informed the office of European Council president Donald Tusk this morning of Mrs May's plans.

Former Prime Minister David Cameron offered voters a referendum on European Union membership, and in June they voted by 52-48 percent to leave.

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.

David Davis, the UK Government's Brexit Secretary, hinted last week that the devolved administrations would get notice of the triggering of Article 50.

The report anticipates the new bills will be in addition to the Great Repeal Bill, which will scrap the 1972 European Communities Act that paved the way for the United Kingdom to enter the then-European Economic Community, ending the legal authority of EU law.

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.

May has said she wants to make Brexit as painless as possible.

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European leaders have also been clear that Britain cannot get a better deal outside the EU than it had inside, amid fears that Brexit could cause other nations to leave the bloc.

A spokesman for May confirmed that she will formally start the Brexit process on March 29 by triggering Article 50.

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The spokesman said Britain wanted to start withdrawal negotiations "promptly", but accepts that "it is right that the 27 have a chance to agree their position" before talks start.

May has said now is not the time for Scotland to vote on independence, preferring to wait until after Brexit.

Last week, Juncker expressed in a statement to the European Parliament that he is hoping for a constructive process "conducted in an orderly manner".

Leaders of the 27 nations will then meet in April or May to finalize their negotiating platform.

Under the terms of Article 50, Britain will cease to be an European Union member in March 2019.

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