United Kingdom plans to formally trigger Brexit on March 29

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 20, 2017

UK Prime Minister Theresa May will trigger the process of Britain's withdrawal from the European Union on March 29, launching the two year exit negotiations likely to be the most complex London has held since World War Two.

Notification comes 279 days after the referendum of June 23 previous year delivered a 52%-48% majority in favour of withdrawal.

The process will give a negotiating mandate to the EU's executive arm, the European Commission, with chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier going ahead with the process of scheduling talks with his British counterpart, Brexit minister David Davis.

Once Tusk has received the letter, the Polish politician will then consult the other 27 leaders of the Council on the Brexit trigger.

The report anticipates the new bills will be in addition to the Great Repeal Bill, which will scrap the 1972 European Communities Act that paved the way for the United Kingdom to enter the then-European Economic Community, ending the legal authority of EU law.

In response to the news, European Union president Donald Tusk said he would have draft negotiating guidelines ready within 48 hours of receiving the letter.

Dr Muscat was answering questions by Opposition Leader Simon Busuttil in parliament, following an official ministerial statement.

May 4 (tentative) - Tusk needs about four weeks to prepare a summit he will chair of the 27 to agree final guidelines and mandate the European Union executive's Michel Barnier to negotiate.

Meanwhile, Downing Street denied reports suggesting that ministers were considering a snap election after triggering Article 50.

The EU has said it will issue its first plan for Brexit talks within 48 hours, before finalising its strategy at a summit set to take place between four and six weeks after Article 50 is triggered.

May has said she wants to make Brexit as painless as possible.

Theresa May first came to Wales in the baking hot sun in Cardiff Bay last summer, a short time after she became Prime Minister.

January 23, 2013: British Prime Minister David Cameron promises a referendum on Britain's membership to the European Union if the Conservative party is elected in the next general election.

May's preparations were wrong-footed last week when Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who opposes Brexit, announced plans to hold a new independence referendum in a bid to keep its European Union ties.

He said that there must be a very clear sequencing.

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