rime Minister Theresa May will trigger Article 50 on Wednesday 29 March, starting the process of the UK leaving the EU. The move paves the way for two years of negotiations with the EU, meaning that the country is expected to be out of the bloc in March 2019. It comes nine months after the country voted to leave in the 23 June referendum by a 52%-48% majority. Brexit Secretary David Davis said: “Last June, the people of the UK made the historic decision to leave the EU. "Next Wednesday, the Government will deliver on that decision and formally start the process by triggering Article 50. We are on the threshold of the most important negotiation for this country for a generation.
The Government is clear in its aims: a deal that works for every nation and region of the UK and indeed for all of Europe a new, positive partnership between the UK and our friends and allies in the European Union
Brexit secretary David Davis
"The Government is clear in its aims: a deal that works for every nation and region of the UK and indeed for all of Europe a new, positive partnership between the UK and our friends and allies in the European Union.” The move was announced in London after Britain’s envoy to Brussels, Sir Tim Barrow, informed the office of EU President Donald Tusk in the morning. “We want negotiations to start promptly,” said Downing Street. A spokesman for the European Commission said: “Everything is ready on this side. We are waiting for notification. "Brussels is expected to release an initial response to the Article 50 notification within 48 hours. The remaining 27 leaders are also expected to call an extraordinary summit within four to six weeks.