UK to begin 'momentus journey' outside EU

In January, Britain's highest court ruled that the government must seek the permission of Parliament to trigger Article 50.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Prime Minister signed the letter that starts the formal exit process.

But before that, the two sides have plenty of sticking points to deal with, key of which are the rights of European Union citizens residing in the United Kingdom and British nationals living in the European Union, and whether trade agreements should be part of the Brexit talks.

"It is my fierce determination to get the right deal for every single person in this country", she will say, according to the prepared text.

She will urge Britons to unite as the country begins a "momentous journey".

Giving official notice under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, it will be delivered to European Council president Donald Tusk on Wednesday.

A number of industries have voiced fears that Britain's two-year negotiating timetable may not be enough to renegotiate complex trading agreements.

On Thursday the government is expected to publish details of its "Great Repeal Bill", which aims to convert EU law into domestic legislation and repeal the European Communities Act, which says EU law is supreme to the UK's.

"Today, Theresa May has a huge opportunity to give them a cast-iron guarantee that they can stay here after Brexit as she triggers Article 50".

The vote at USI's national congress was unanimous in its support of mandating the union to campaign for students during the UK's negotiations with the EU, and any subsequent negotiations between the Irish government and the UK.

Mrs May will have to wait till after the second round of the French presidential election on May 7. Victory for the National Front's Marine le Pen could throw the European side into disarray by raising the prospect that France too will quit the EU.

Mrs May also called Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, and Mr Tusk.

May: English local government elections. Few see two years as enough time to agree one and Brussels wants to hold off starting talks until after a divorce deal.

The Conservative Party, which governs the United Kingdom though is the largest opposition group in the Scottish Parliament, says no referendum should take place, not least because there's no public or political consent for one.

Still, by the time the votes were counted in June, there was no single, official Brexit blueprint for the UK's future relationship with the EU.

European Union leaders have stated they want a formal withdrawal treaty in place by Christmas, however, the UK's formal exit date should fall on March 29 2019.

Scottish lawmakers have backed First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's bid for the proposed secession vote, but it can not take place without Westminster's permission.

Brexit opponents however have been hoping for a new referendum.

Here are some of the key questions about that first step towards Brexit.

She said she wanted free trade in goods and services with the European Union but she made clear that sovereignty and immigration control would trump economic arguments.

At the same moment in the Commons - and immediately after the regular weekly PMQs - Mrs May will rise to set out her ambitions for Brexit, having earlier briefed senior ministers at a Cabinet meeting at 8am. But Lord Kerr, the diplomat who drafted the measure, has suggested a country could change its mind.

  • Carolyn Briggs