E-Day is March 29! May will trigger Article 50 next Wednesday to begin the historic divorce process from the EU
Downing Street announces Article 50 process will be triggered next Wednesday
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By JAMES TAPSFIELD, POLITICAL EDITOR
20 March 2017
Theresa May will take the historic step of triggering Brexit on March 29, Downing Street announced today.
The Prime Minister has informed the EU that it can expect the letter formally invoking Article 50 to begin the divorce proceedings on that date.
Mrs May will make a statement to the Commons the same day, No10 said.
The news comes as tensions escalate with Brussels ahead of the looming negotiations.
There are fears the talks could quickly turn nasty – with Downing Street insisting Mrs May is ready to ‘walk away’ if there is an attempt to punish us for leaving.
EU Council president Donald Tusk today confirmed he would provide an initial response within 48 hours, detailing the EU’s draft negotiating guidelines.
Asked whether the UK would definitely be out of the bloc by March 29, 2019, Mrs May’s spokesman said: ‘We have said we expect this to be a two year process.