Article 50: Theresa May to trigger Brexit process next Wednesday

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 20, 2017

This will be a "long game". The Belgian capital of Brussels is expected to play host to most of the talks between European Union and United Kingdom officials. As a result, United Kingdom officials have already approached the World Trade Organization to see what they can do in case they cannot reach a deal within the two-year deadline.

Lawyers working for the campaign group The People's Challenge have argued that it will legally be possible for the UK Parliament to revoke Article 50 if the choice is between a bad deal and no deal at all.

The trigger for all this tumult is the innocuous-sounding Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty, a never-before-used mechanism for withdrawing from the bloc.

However, beyond the likelihood that it will express the desire to reach a deal with the European Union, it is unlikely to give too many hints on Britain's negotiating stance.

Tim Barrow, the UK's permanent representative to the EU, informed the European Council of its intentions to invoke Article 50 next Wednesday.

The referendum exposed geographical and social divisions in Britain that have deepened over arguments about its future relationship with the EU.

Negotiations will begin to outline a UK Brexit deal, which could include trade deals - although this might be handled separately.

It is hoped the deal will create more than 9,000 jobs in the area.

One of the main stumbling points in trade deals is agreeing on similar regulatory standards.

"Several leaders were left frustrated with the U.S.'s position regarding the global trade under Trump administration, including China, Japan, Russia, Germany and France", she said.

European Union leaders will then meet to discuss these, probably in April, and a final negotiating mandate will be agreed, probably by the end of May or early June.

Before negotiations with Britain can actually start, the Council, in the shape of ministers sitting in the General Affairs Council (GAC), must approve the recommendations by issuing legally binding "negotiating directives" to Barnier.

The mood music will also be important.

May, 60, hopes to negotiate terms that keep trade, financial and political relations with European Union member states as close as possible.

"No EU law scholar has suggested that with the agreement of the other 27 member states you can not allow a member state to withdraw its notice".

"We are going to be out there, negotiating hard, delivering on what the British people voted for".

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