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British PM has chosen the day to trigger Article 50

British PM has chosen the day to trigger Article 50The British Prime Minister Theresa May has informed EU President Donald Tusk she will trigger Article 50 on March 29, according to The Independent on Monday.

A Downing Street spokesman said UK ambassador to the EU Tim Barrow informed the President's office of May's intention verbally.

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

The invocation of the Lisbon Treaty article will formally begin Brexit negotiations. The move will start a two-year period during which the EU and UK will try to reach the terms of Brexit and what relations will look like once Britain leaves.

The period can only be made longer by way of a unanimous vote of all European countries' governments. If no deal is reached by the end of the period, the UK will crash out of the EU with no deal and revert to World Trade Organisation rules.

Theresa May has said she believes that "no deal is better than a bad deal".

“Earlier on this morning the UK’s permanent representative in the EU informed the office of Donald Tusk, that it’s the UK’s intention to trigger Article 50 on March 29,” a Downing Street spokesperson said, announcing the Article 50 date.

"The Prime Minister will deliver her letter triggering Article 50 to President Tusk on Wednesday, and deliver a statement to announce the move. There was no further detail about exactly what the letter would say at this point," the spokesperson added.

The Bill to give British PM the authority to start the Brexit process has been granted Royal Assent on Thursday.
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