Britain to trigger Article 50 on March 29, formally launching Brexit process

DW – March 20, 2017

Prime Minister May will write a letter to the European Union on March 29 to formally announce Britain’s withdrawal from the soon-to-be 27 member bloc, a spokesman for the British leader said on Monday.

The UK informed European Council President Donald Tusk’s office of May’s intention, the spokesman added.

Triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty will start the clock on two years of formal negotiations, at the end of which Britain will leave the EU. The British parliament backed May’s Article 50 plan last week after 51.9 percent of participants voted for Brexit in a referendum last June.

“Next Wednesday, the government will deliver on that decision and formally start the process by triggering Article 50,” Brexit Minister David Davis said in a statement.

“We are on the threshold of the most important negotiation for this country for a generation.”