Britain sets date to trigger Brexit process

5 economy, and the EU, a vast single market containing 500 million people. It stipulates that the two sides now have until March 2019 to agree on a divorce settlement and — if possible — establish a new relationship between Britain, the world’s No. The trigger for all this tumult is the innocuous-sounding Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty, a never-before-used mechanism for withdrawing from the bloc.
Britain’s ambassador to the 28-nation EU, Tim Barrow, informed the European Council President Donald Tusk of the timing on Monday morning, the Department for Exiting the European Union said.

The notification of triggering Article 50 of a key EU 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.

The European Commission said it stood ready to help launch the negotiations.

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“Everything is ready on this side,” commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said.

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British Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union (Brexit Minister) David Davis arrives in Downing Street in London on March 15, 2017. (BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
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LONDON — Britain’s government will begin the process of leaving the European Union on March 29, starting the clock on the two years in which to complete the most important negotiation for a generation.

“We are on the threshold of the most important negotiation for this country for a generation,” Brexit secretary David Davis said. and our friends and allies in the European Union.” “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 U.K.

The letter May sends next week will plunge Britain into a period of intense uncertainty. joined what was then called the European Economic Community in 1973. Those things have become part of life since the U.K. The country doesn’t know what its future relationship with the bloc will look like — whether businesses will freely be able to trade, students can study abroad or pensioners will be allowed to retire with ease in other EU states.

Scotland’s nationalist first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, is seeking a referendum on independence within two years. Scottish voters backed remaining in the EU, and Sturgeons said Scotland mustn’t be “taken down a path that we do not want to go down without a choice.” It’s not even certain the United Kingdom will survive the exit intact.

The 10 Downing Street office of Prime Minister Theresa May said that she will make a statement in the House of Commons on the day Article 50 is triggered. The announcement came after May pushed through legislation to start the negotiations to start withdrawal — a process set in motion by voters in a June 23 referendum.

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