Mike Russell said he only found out the Brexit process would formally get under way on March 29 when it was reported in the media. The legal process therein prevents formal negotiations for the proposed exit until after the British government officially informs the European Union of its intent.
The EU wants Britain to pay a hefty divorce bill to cover pension liabilities for EU staff and other commitments that it has agreed to.
British government has officialy notified the European Council president Donald Tusk that Brexit procedure will start at the end of this month.
Russell, the minister for United Kingdom negotiations on Scotland's place in Europe, has been involved in discussions between London and Edinburgh over the Article 50 process as a member of the Joint Ministerial Committee on EU Negotiations. "I imagine that when the notification arrives there will be a statement from the EU-27 member states", he said, adding that Brexit chief negotiation would then maybe like to comment on the statement released by the heads of state and government.
Asked on the British government announcement, the European Commission appeared informed and ready.
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The Supreme Court ruled on Jan 24 that parliament's House of Commons would need to approve triggering Article 50, and on Feb 1 the lawmakers voted 498-114 to set it in motion.
Speaking on Czech public television after Britain announced it will formally trigger the process of leaving the European Union on March 29, Lubomir Zaoralek said the negotiations will take the bloc and United Kingdom into an unknown territory.
That process is likely to take at least a month, as a summit of European Union leaders must be called. "@GOVUK somehow forgot to inform us". The decision triggered the near-immediate resignation of the country's former Prime Minister, David Cameron, and.
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.