Brexit: Article 50 will be triggered next week

Putting an end to all rumours and speculations, Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesperson on Monday said the proceedings to start the Brexit process will officially begin on March 29.

Brexit Secretary David Davis said: "Last June, the people of the United Kingdom made the historic decision to leave the EU".

LONDON/BRUSSELS Prime Minister Theresa May will trigger Britain's divorce proceedings with the European Union on March 29, launching two years of negotiations that will reshape the future of the country and Europe.

"We are on the threshold of the most important negotiation for this country for a generation", Davis said.

But formal talks between London and Brussels are not expected to start for six to eight weeks, according to European Union sources, and possibly later while waiting for the result of German elections in September.

Notification comes 279 days after the referendum of June 23 previous year delivered a 52%-48% majority in favour of withdrawal.

Once Britain has delivered its Article 50 letter to European Council President Donald Tusk in Brussels, EU leaders are expected to reply with their own letter setting out the bloc's negotiating stance. "Yes we have been informed in advance, we are ready to begin negotiations". According to BBC News, if all goes according to the two-year plan of negotiations, then Brexit will happen in March of 2019.

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May has already announced that she will make a statement to the House of Commons shortly after invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.

The announcement comes a day after European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned that other member states will "realize it's not worth leaving" the EU after they see the deal the United Kingdom gets. Britain has said it will impose limits on immigration, and so will have to leave the EU's single market and customs union.

Although Britain as whole voted to leave the EU, Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to stay in the bloc. The Prime Minister will give a statement to Parliament as well.

May has promised parliament a vote on the final Brexit deal, but warned that rejecting it meant Britain would leave without any agreement.

Mrs May's spokesman appeared to rule out an early general election at the same time as revealing the date of Brexit, saying: "There is not going to be one".

At the same time, May faces threats by Scottish nationalists to call a new independence referendum that could break up the United Kingdom and fears in Northern Ireland that a "hard border" with European Union member Ireland will return after Brexit.

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