Article 50: A guide to Britain's untested plan for Brexit

21 March, 2017, 12:45 | Author: Leticia Walters
  • Prime Minister Theresa May Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon and Chief of the Defence Staff General

The notification of Article 50 will take the form of a letter to Tusk, likely outlining Britain's key objectives, followed by a statement by May to MPs in the House of Commons.

Chief Brexit minister, David Davis, whose official title is Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union - more dramatically said: "We are on the threshold of the most important negotiation for this country for a generation".

The bill passed by Parliament late Monday authorizes the British government to invoke Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty, which says a member state may "notify the European Council of its intention" to leave the bloc.

Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission president, has warned earlier that the United Kingdom is facing a "very hefty bill" once it exits the union. May spokesman went on: "After we trigger the 27 will agree their guidelines for negotiations and the Commission will deliver their negotiating mandate".

Britain has said it wants to agree its divorce and a new relationship with Europe within the two years.

A spokesman for the Prime Minister said the trip to Swansea was part of an "ongoing engagement" with the nations, and that Mrs May will be "listening to people from right across the nation as we prepare to leave the EU". But May was not able to trigger the talks until last week, when the British Parliament approved a bill authorizing the start of Brexit negotiations.

In London triggering Article 50 became a political battle cry for Brexiters anxious about backtracking from leaving the EU.

Sir Tim Barrow said European Union leaders would take no notice of claims in London that Britain could quit without paying "a brass farthing", with concern mounting that the bill could be as high as £60bn.

Former Prime Minister David Cameron offered voters a referendum on European Union membership, and in June they voted by 52-48 percent to leave.

Mrs May has said MPs and peers will have a vote on the deal she negotiates but she has insisted the United Kingdom will leave anyway even if Parliament rejects it.

He predicted that Britain's experience of withdrawal will bring the other 27 member states closer together, as they "see from the UK's example that leaving the EU is a bad idea (and) fall in love with each other again and renew their vows with the European Union".

The official notification will be sent to European Council President Donald Tusk next Wednesday, starting the formal process of leaving the EU.

"The first track is Britain's exit, including what all this means in terms of future relations with Britain when the exit terms are known", she told a news conference alongside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a technology fair in Hanover.

Downing Street's announcement of the date - as promised, by the end of March - came after an earlier expected announcement was torpedoed by the declaration of Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, to hold a second referendum on independence.

"Just as importantly, the government needs to provide additional support to small businesses to ensure they can capitalise on new trade opportunities with non-EU markets post-Brexit".

According to the Financial Times, Mr. Davis made clear that leaving without a deal would involve the imposition of tariffs for trade with European Union states by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) for British businesses, something that many see as a major threat to the UK's economic system.

"As the prime minister said, we do not want to pay huge sums".

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