Theresa May to trigger Article 50 on March 29

Donald Tusk’s office informed of UK’s chosen date for officially starting Brexit negotiations.



LONDON — So it’s official. Britain will formally begin the process of withdrawing from the European Union on March 29.


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.

The formal triggering will take the form of a letter from Theresa May to Tusk, Downing Street confirmed. The prime minister’s spokesman declined to give further details of the content of the letter, but senior government officials familiar with the government’s thinking expect it to set out a “positive” vision of the future relationship Britain wants with Brussels after Brexit, including a comprehensive free-trade agreement.


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.”


The EU27 are then expected to meet in April to set early guidelines for the EU’s negotiating mandate — the EU’s Brexit red lines — which will then go to the European Commission, which will draw up a detailed negotiation strategy. This will then be signed off by the 27 at another European Council meeting, likely to be held around June.


​Read more from the source article published on POLITICO Mar. 20 2017


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