Brexit Bulletin Extra: May to Trigger Article 50 Next WeekPor Orquidea Banes Mar 21, 2017
THERESA May faces a fresh Brexit storm in Wales as she arrives to shore up support for the United Kingdom, ahead of pushing the Article 50 Brexit button.
Later this week, EU leaders will gather in Rome to mark the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome, which established the European Economic Community - the initial forerunner to the EU. "The commission will then immediately release a recommendation to open the negotiations".
Triggering Article 50 is required to start the process of leaving the European Union, although the negotiations could stretch out over years. Britain will not actually leave the European Union until early 2019, ideally having tied up a mutually acceptable exit deal.
A transitional deal for about five years is certainly an option.
"My counterparts have an interest in other legal opinions which have been forthcoming, which offer a different interpretation", Sir Tim told a parliamentary inquiry.
Meanwhile, it was reported that representatives from Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland only heard about the Article 50 trigger date from the media. However, beyond the likelihood that it will express the desire to reach a deal with the European Union, it is unlikely to give too many hints on Britain's negotiating stance.
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.
The referendum exposed geographical and social divisions in Britain.
The country doesn't know what its future relationship with the bloc will look like - whether businesses will freely be able to trade, students can study overseas or pensioners will be allowed to retire easily in other European Union states.
Britain believes it can negotiate the exit agreement and a deal on future relations within the two-year negotiating period, although diplomats are sceptical.
However, most observers feel a trade deal will take much longer.
"Several leaders were left frustrated with the U.S.'s position regarding the global trade under Trump administration, including China, Japan, Russia, Germany and France", she said. So this is an important one for Ireland.
He will also summon the leaders of the countries for a summit to endorse the final guidelines, expected in early May.
May has said she wants to make Brexit as painless as possible. The European Commission president warned that other member states will "realize it's not worth leaving".
Britain may have given advance notice of triggering article 50 in part to avoid any sudden upset to market sentiment.
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