After last year’s Brexit upset, pro-EU forces have floated every possible scenario designed to keep Great Britain a part of the now-shaky European Union. We’ve heard stories about taking another vote. Some have suggested a “Brexit in name only” course that would maintain British ties to the EU while simultaneously creating the appearance of compliance with the Brexit referendum. There have even been a couple of stories about possibly ignoring the whole thing and moving forward as if nothing had ever happened.
Bottom line? Everyone wondered if and when the Prime Minister would trigger “article 50” - the first step in Britain’s withdrawal. Now we know.
According to the BBC, a “letter of notification” will be sent to the EU next week, and the negotiation of exit terms will start as soon as possible.
UK PM Theresa May is to trigger Article 50 on Wednesday 29 March, formally starting the Brexit process https://t.co/dEgEoIylrJ— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) March 20, 2017
From the BBC Report:
Downing Street said she would write a letter to the European Council, adding that it hoped negotiations on the terms of exit and future relations could then begin as quickly as possible.
The move comes nine months after a referendum in which the UK voted to leave by a margin of 51.9% to 48.1%.
An EU spokesman said it was “ready and waiting” for the letter.
Under the Article 50 process, talks on the terms of exit and future relations are not allowed until the UK formally tells the EU it is leaving.
If all goes according to the two year negotiations allowed for in the official timetable, Brexit should happen in March 2019.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has been ferociously rattling the “you’ll be sorry” sabre, and claims that far from destabilizing the EU, the UK’s exit will teach other nations a valuable lesson about disasters that await should they follow suit
“Half memberships and cherry-picking aren’t possible. In Europe you eat what’s on the table or you don’t sit at the table.”
“They will all see from the UK’s example that leaving the EU is a bad idea. On the contrary, the remaining member states will fall in love with each other again and renew their vows with the European Union.”
Given the current state of the EU, that seems somehow ...unlikely.
Congratulations to our friends in Great Britain. You’re about to reclaim your sovereignty. Good for you.
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