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Britain to trigger Brexit process on 29 March

Britain to trigger Brexit process on 29 March

He added that Number 10 now wants negotiations to "start promptly" - once the article is invoked it will be up to the European Union to come back, with an early response expected within 48 hours.

The Prime Minister will give a statement to MPs in the House of Commons next week, after formally pulling the Brexit trigger.

Dr White said the Bills, dealing with issues such as immigration procedures, would be on top of the Great Repeal Bill, which will incorporate European Union law into British law. "We are ready to begin negotiations". She will notify President Tusk in writing.

Cherry said, "Smaller businesses want to make sure that easy access to the European Union single market and the right talent feature prominently in the forthcoming negotiations".

Britain believes it can negotiate the exit agreement and a deal on future relations within the two-year negotiating period, although diplomats are sceptical.

May and European Union leaders say transitional arrangements may well be needed, to give more time to agree a future trade deal and give people and businesses time to adjust to the divorce.

"I have set out my objectives", she said.

The pound fell, reversing earlier gains, after the United Kingdom said it will trigger the process to leave the European Union on March 29.


Once those are in place, giving a negotiating mandate to the EU executive, the European Commission, chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier should be able to schedule talks with his British counterpart, Brexit Secretary David Davis.

The prime minister has long said she would start the Article 50 process by the end of this month.

Meanwhile, Britain's Institute for Government has said as many as 15 new Parliamentary Bills may be needed due to Brexit. "A deal that works for every nation and region of the United Kingdom and indeed for all of Europe - a new, positive partnership between the United Kingdom and our friends and allies in the European Union".

The move comes nine months after Britain voted 51.9 percent to 48.1 percent in favour of Brexit in a referendum on 23 June, 2016.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron accused Mrs May of rushing into negotiations "without a plan, and without a clue". She has rushed this through without a plan, and without a clue.

Autumn 2018 to Spring 2019 - Just to make things complicated, Scottish government wants independence vote once Brexit deal is clear.

Stephen Gethins, the SNP's Europe spokesman, said: "Today's announcement that the Prime Minister will push ahead and unilaterally trigger Article 50 shatters beyond fix any notion or position that the Prime Minister is seeking a UK-wide agreement".

She has also stressed Britain's commitment to defending European security through North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. The German defence ministry confirmed to The Financial Times it was working on joint projects.


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