United Kingdom to Trigger Brexit on March 29, May's Spokesman Says
- Author: Zachary Reyes Mar 20, 2017,
Mar 20, 2017, 18:49
British Prime Minister Theresa May will trigger Article 50 on March 29, starting official Brexit negotiations between the United Kingdom and the European Union, her spokesman has confirmed.
By the end of next week, after he has received May's letter, European Council President Donald Tusk should have distributed draft guidelines for the negotiations to the 27 other national governments.
Commentators in the European Union believe that the "Letter of Intent" will have to include the terms of the monetary divorce settlement to make an "orderly withdrawal".
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is rejecting the idea that Britain's impending notification of its intention to leave the European Union will overshadow an upcoming summit to mark the 60th anniversary of the EU's founding treaty.
Downing Street has confirmed within past few minutes ruling out an early General Election ahead of Brexit negotiations.
In its report, Legislating Brexit, the IFG says that with the average Queen's Speech announcing only 20 new bills, the introduction of 15 Brexit bills before the United Kingdom even exits the European Union "will leave very little space for non-Brexit related legislation".
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has used this as one of the key reasons for seeking a Section 30 order to organise a second independence referendum.
The European Commission said it stood ready to help launch the negotiations.
On Michel Barnier's role and comments on Brexit trigger process, Schinas suggested that Barnier will comment when he has to say something.
A spokesman for the Prime Minister said the trip to Swansea was part of an "ongoing engagement" with the nations, and that Mrs May will be "listening to people from right across the nation as we prepare to leave the EU".
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.