The UK Is Set To Officially Begin The Brexit Process

Prime Minister Theresa May will visit Wales on Monday as part of a plan to engage with all the nations of the United Kingdom before she formally launches Britain's departure from the European Union.

Senior sources close to Nicola Sturgeon confirmed they were given no notice of the imminent talks, despite a previous promise to be kept in the loop.

It comes as Mrs May dismissed calls for a second independence referendum for Scotland before the Brexit deal is finalised.

The UK government informed Tusk at 10:30 a.m. (GMT) on Monday morning.

Brexit Secretary David Davis said in a statement that the country is "on the threshold of the most important negotiation" for a generation.

He told the Commons Brexit committee: "We will be having conversations with them beforehand".

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.

But if a better deal wasn't available and people were forced to choose, 41% said Britain should go ahead and leave on those terms, 32% think there should be a referendum on whether to stay in the European Union after all, 27% of people are unsure.

He said: "It finds any excuse to complain about a perceived slight". May has already announced she will not be attending the event.

The Irish government then published a graphic outlining what is expected to happen next and who is involved in Article 50 negotiations.

"She has chosen the hardest and most divisive form of Brexit, choosing to take us out of the Single Market before she has even tried to negotiate".

The UK expects to receive a response to Barrow's notification from the EU Council within 48 hours.

According to the explainer, the 27 member states will meet by the end of April or early May to agree and adopt guidelines defining the framework for the negotiations. It estimates a total of 15 pieces of legislation, on top of the Great Repeal Bill, that would enshrine aspects of European Union legislation that Britain wanted to retain into British laws ahead of Brexit taking place.



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