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British Prime Minister Theresa May will trigger on March 29 the two years of complex negotiations over the U.K’s exit from the European Union, it was announced on Monday, nine months after the country voted to leave the bloc.
The U.K’s ambassador to the EU, Sir Tim Barrow, formally informed EU Council president Donald Tusk to expect May’s letter next Wednesday.
“We said it would be by the end of March and thought it would be helpful to say when it will happen. We want negotiations to start promptly. We expect it will be a two-year process and we are confident that is what we will achieve. So Britain will exit the EU on 29th March 2019,” a Downing Street spokesperson said.
The move comes nine months after Britain voted 51.9 per cent to 48.1 per cent in favour of Brexit in a referendum on June 23, 2016.
Talks on the terms of the U.K’s departure and future relations with the EU are not possible until the U.K formally notifies the EU it is leaving.
May has already announced that she will make a statement to the House of Commons shortly after invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. After May’s letter reaches Tusk, he is expected to distribute draft guidelines for the negotiations to the 27 other EU member states.
Tusk will also summon the leaders of the countries for a summit to endorse the final guidelines, expected in early May.
“Within 48 hours of the U.K triggering Article 50, I will present the draft Brexit guidelines to the EU 27 Member States”, Tusk tweeted.