British PM May to fire starting gun on Brexit

The last of those means citizens of European Union nations may live and work in other member states.

On Wednesday, British Prime Minister Theresa May briefed the European Union authorities on triggering the Brexit process.

The first official announcement that Article 50 had been invoked was made by Donald Tusk with a message on Twitter saying: "After nine months the United Kingdom has delivered. #Brexit", Tusk tweeted on receiving May's letter. This is about damage control.

MEPs also made clear in the resolution that the U.K should still be bound by the ECJ's rulings after it leaves the European Union and the bloc's highest court should have its reach extended for a transitional period after Brexit. "It has made the community of remaining 27 members more determined and united", he said, adding that the negotiations ahead would be "difficult".

She added that this included European Union nationals living in Britain, who had "made this country their home".

In a statement, May said, "It is my fierce determination to get the right deal for every single person in this country".

She added that there would be "consequences" ahead, but said Britain would not reject the "liberal democratic values of Europe".

European Council President Donald Tusk told reporters on Wednesday that Britain's formal exit notification made it an unhappy day for London and Brussels and that hard talks would simply be about limiting damage for both sides.

The British prime minister also said that the United Kingdom government would do everything possible "to help the European Union prosper and succeed".

May has said that "no deal is better than a bad deal", and she has the support of pro-Brexit hardliners in her Conservative party, who have been campaigning for decades to leave the EU.

Following the notification process, the Great Repeal Bill will be published in Parliament tomorrow to cover the political break from the economic bloc.

Member states including Ireland will have four weeks to shape those guidelines before an extraordinary summit meeting at the end of April and the negotiations proper will begin probably in late May, early June.

The referendum to leave the European Union, known as Brexit, was narrowly passed last summer, with some who voted for the United Kingdom to leave the EU saying they were tricked by politicians who oversold non-existent healthcare benefits and promised to stop immigration, Vigliotti reports.

The Presidents of the European Parliament and the European Commission, Antonio Tajani and Jean-Claude Juncker and German Chancellor Angela Merkel may address Brexit later Wednesday.

In her statement in the Commons, May told MPs that the official start of Brexit marks "the moment for the country to come together".

Mrs May said she wanted those talks concluded by the two-year period set out in the Treaty of Lisbon with a phasing in of Britain's exit for a period after.

  • Zachary Reyes