Article 50 Will Be Triggered on 29 March, Government Confirms

More than 40 years after the United Kingdom joined the EU and nine months since it voted to quit it, Britain's envoy to the bloc, Tim Barrow, informed EU President Donald Tusk on Monday of her plan to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, the mechanism for quitting that has never been used. "Next Wednesday, the government will deliver on that decision and formally start the process by triggering Article 50", British MP and Brexit Secretary David Davis said in a statement.

Mrs May says she will not start discussions with the Scottish First Minister on her proposals to hold a second independence vote when she is about to begin Brexit negotiations.

"After we trigger, the 27 will agree their guidelines for negotiations and the Commission's negotiating mandate", Slack said.

British Prime Minister Theresa May will trigger European Union withdrawal talks under Article 50 on 29 March, Downing Street has announced.

Notification comes 279 days after the referendum of June 23 past year delivered a 52%-48% majority in favour of withdrawal and five days after the other 27 members gather in Rome to celebrate the EU's 60th anniversary.

He claimed he had not been informed by Downing Street about the Prime Minister's intended date for triggering Article 50.

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Downing Street expects that in the immediate aftermath of triggering Article 50, the remaining 27 European Union member states will agree terms and give an initial response within 48 hours.

Schinas said that the European Commission, the executive arm of the bloc, will then issue a formal recommendation to open Brexit negotiations shortly after the summit.

British negotiators are sure to quibble over the size of that tab. But Brussels wants Britain out before European Union elections in May 2019.

Her trip will also coincide with the signing of a £1.3 billion Swansea City Deal between the UK Government, local authorities and the Welsh Government, which aims to create more than 9,000 jobs in the region.

Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee has warned that the British government has not done enough to prepare for the "real prospect" that talks with the European Union may break down, ending in no deal and "mutually assured damage" to both Britain and the EU.

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