Theresa May to trigger Article 50 on 29 March 2017

Posted on: 20/03/2017

Donald Tusk’s office informed of UK’s chosen date for officially starting Brexit negotiations. The news was relayed in person to the office of European Council President Donald Tusk at around 10:30 a.m. on Monday by the U.K.’s permanent representative to the European Union, Tim Barrow.

Negotiations should start “promptly” after the notification, the PM’s spokesman said, but acknowledged that it was “obviously right that the EU27 have time to agree their position.”

Tusk tweeted his response to the news, confirming that “within 48 hours of the U.K. triggering Article 50, I will present the draft #Brexit guidelines to the EU27 member states.”

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Bloomberg reported that the EU is mulling whether to make Britain wait until June to begin formal Brexit talks. Ian Wishart writes: “The 27 other members of the EU have pinpointed a meeting of government ministers in Luxembourg on June 20 as the moment to authorize the opening of talks, two EU officials said on condition of anonymity … As well as limiting how long the two sides have to find common ground, pushing the start of the divorce discussions until late June risks upsetting businesses and banks that are seeking early clarity on just what the U.K.’s withdrawal from the EU means for them.”

Further information: Brexiters and Remainers both fail to grasp the challenges facing Britain Guardian Article

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