British PM May Says Triggering Article 50 'Historic Moment'
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 29, 2017,
Mar 29, 2017, 23:53
Barrow began his meeting with Tusk this morning during which he formally handed over the six-page letter to set the clock for a two-year negotiation process for Britain's relationship with the European Union as a non-member.
The documents were presented to the President of the European Council Donald Tusk by the British Permanent Representative to the EU Tim Barrow.
Prime Minister Theresa May signs the Article 50 letter in her London office yesterday before it was dispatched to Brussels to be handed over this morning.
Before she formally triggered Brexit using Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, Ms. May will announce to Parliament that Britain is set to formally file for divorce from the European Union Wednesday, ending a 44-year relationship, enacting the decision made by United Kingdom voters in a referendum nine months ago and launching both Britain and the bloc into uncharted territory.
Just days after the EU's 60th birthday, Britain becomes the first country ever to seek a divorce, striking a blow at the heart of the union forged from the ashes of World War II.
The move came almost nine months after British voted for exit from the European Union by a margin of 51.9 per cent to 48.1 per cent in a June referendum.
Tusk confirmed on Twitter he had received Britain's Brexit notification letter, saying: "After nine months the United Kingdom has delivered Brexit".
Germany and its partners "certainly did not wish for this day" but the European Union will take a "fair and constructive" approach in Brexit talks.
Let us know in the comments section how you feel about today's events. "Thank you and goodbye", Tusk said in his statement to Britain.
May's six-page letter to Tusk was polite and conciliatory, stressing that Britons want to remain "committed partners and allies to our friends across the continent".
The leaders will meet in Brussels in one month, on April 29.
The two sides also appear to disagree on how the talks will unfold. "And we will continue to be a permanent member of the Security Council after we leave the European Union". The EU has over 40,000 EU regulations, 15,000 EU court verdicts, and 60,000 global standards that Britain will somehow have to entangle itself from, on issues ranging from immigration to healthcare to commerce to foreign policy to trade - one of the most important issues given Britain's reliance on the Eurozone market.
Will France and the United Kingdom remain strong partners?
"We have every reason to be very, very confident about the outcome".
"Today's the day for me - after 25 years of campaigning - that the impossible dream came true".
She confirms the rights of the 3 million European Union nationals in Britain will be an early priority in negotiations.