Britain to trigger Brexit process on March 29

Brexit What We Know

British Prime Minister Theresa May is to officially notify the European Union next Wednesday (29 March) that the United Kingdom is leaving.

The prime minister also says she wants a "phased period of implementation" of a new relationship with the European Union to give businesses time to plan.

Britain's ambassador to the EU, Sir Tim Barrow, informed the office of European Council president Donald Tusk on Monday morning of the Prime Minister's plans.

But the UK Government also knows that Wales voted to leave, and that means that while there will be disagreements on the nature of the Brexit deal under discussion, it can at least claim to be trying to deliver what most people in Wales voted for.

Triggering Article 50 initiates a two-year process of exit talks, although this time period can be extended if all parties agree to it.

The move will formally trigger Britain's exit from the European Union following a referendum in June past year.

Britain's Parliament last week gave its final approval to May's Brexit plans, and the prime minister had at one point been expected to trigger Article 50 then.

The BBC's Ben Wright said he expected the Article 50 letter to be short, possibly extending to two pages at most, and for Mrs May to use it to publicly reiterate her general objectives - such as leaving the single market but reaching a mutually beneficial agreement on trade and other issues.

The European Commission, whose chief negotiator Michel Barnier will spearhead the talks with London on behalf of the other 27 member states, said it was ready for the Brexit process. We don't know if other European Union countries would agree to Britain going back to renegotiate the deal.

The UK government is seeking "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", Davis added. He noted that negotiations would begin once other European Union states had met to confirm the Commission's negotiating mandate.

May's tour started in Wales, and will be followed by visits to Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Scotland's nationalist first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, is seeking a referendum on independence within two years.

Autumn 2018 to Spring 2019 - Just to make things complicated, Scottish government wants independence vote once Brexit deal is clear. 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. Britain hasn't ruled out a payment, but is sure to quibble over the size of the tab.

The bill to be introduced later this year will serve the dual objective of repealing the European Communities Act and incorporate more than four decades of EU law into British law.



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