Britain to formally launch EU exit on March 29
Fuente: Channel News Asia World
BRUSSELS: Britain will formally begin Brexit by triggering Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty on March 29, officials said on Monday (Mar 20), nine months after Britain voted to leave the European Union.
“We want the negotiations to start promptly,” Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman told reporters. PM May’s spokesman also said that her government had no plans to hold an early general election.
Britain’s envoy to Brussels Tim Barrow “has this morning informed the office of European Council President Donald Tusk of the UK’s intention to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty on March 29,” the Brexit ministry said in a statement.
Brexit minister David Davis was quoted as saying in the statement that Britons had approved a “historic decision” to leave the EU in the June 23 referendum.
“Next Wednesday, the government will deliver on that decision and formally start the process by triggering Article 50,” he said.
“We are on the threshold of the most important negotiation for this country for a generation.”
Britain voted by a 52 percent majority to leave the European Union – the first member state ever to do so.
Triggering Article 50 will start the clock ticking on a two-year countdown to Brexit and allow negotiations to start between London and Brussels in the coming weeks.
By the end of next week, after he has received PM May’s letter, European Council President Donald Tusk should have distributed draft guidelines for the negotiations to the 27 other national governments. Tusk will also summon those 27 leaders for a summit to endorse the final guidelines, probably in early May.
Once those are in place, giving a negotiating mandate to the EU executive, the European Commission, chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier should be able to schedule talks with his British counterpart, Brexit Secretary David Davis.