United Kingdom to launch European Union divorce on March 29

May's government said her permanent envoy to the EU had informed European Council President Donald Tusk of the date when Britain intends to trigger the divorce process.

Once prime minister Theresa May officially invokes Article 50 next week, she is expected to make a statement to the House of Commons. We want negotiations to start promptly.

As the Prime Minister visited the country this morning ahead of triggering Article 50, Ms Wood told the BBC that "all options should be on the table".

"On the day Theresa May is travelling the country claiming she wants to bring the United Kingdom together, she lets it be known she is about to unleash division and bitterness".

Last year's referendum result, she added, "was not just about leaving the EU" but was a vote for a "change in the way the country works".

David Davis, Britain's Brexit secretary called the departure from the European Union "the most important negotiation for this country in a generation".

Once Article 50 is triggered, Council President Donald Tusk is expected to provide an initial response to the Prime Minister within 48 hours, and the remaining European Union 27 countries will then put together a timetable for negotiations on the UK's withdrawal to take place.

"Everything is ready on this side", Margaritis Schinas, the spokesman for European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker, told a briefing. Under this scenario, talks are likely to begin in earnest in May.

"Our mandate is clear to get on with it. There's a timetable that everybody has bought into included in the treaty and that's what we are going to do".

The move comes nine months after Britain voted 51.9 per cent to 48.1 per cent in favour of Brexit in a referendum on June 23, 2016.

"That is what the Liberal Democrats strongly believe and we will spend the next two years saying so".

Mrs May has said MPs and peers will have a vote on the deal she negotiates but she has insisted the United Kingdom will leave anyway even if Parliament rejects it.

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned that London may have to abandon hopes of a trade deal unless it accepts the terms offered by the European Union, which are widely expected to include a hefty divorce bill.

"The attitude that the Scottish National Party (SNP) takes to the passage of Brexit-related legislation in Westminster could affect the smoothness with which that legislation passes through Parliament if they join forces with the Labour Party and Conservative rebels", the report says.

Prime Minister Theresa May had already pre-announced the action back in October. The UK won't be privy to internal European Union discussions pertaining to our withdrawal, though.

"She has chosen the hardest and most divisive form of Brexit, choosing to take us out of the Single Market before she has even tried to negotiate".

  • Leroy Wright