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Article 50 to be triggered next week

20 March 2017

According to BBC News, 10 Downing Street officially announced May's intention to write and submit a formal letter to the European Union announcing her invoking of Article 50.

Up to early 2019, Britain will remain a full European Union member and nothing will change beyond the exclusion of its representatives from some European Union meetings where the approach of the remaining 27 to Brexit is discussed.

Prime minister Theresa May has said she wants to leave the European single market in order to be able to control immigration.

Tusk has said that that once European Union officials get Britain's notification, they will respond within 48 hours, offering draft negotiating guidelines for the 27 remaining member states to consider.

There's also likely to be friction over Britain's desire to maintain free trade in goods and services with the bloc, without accepting the EU's core principle of free movement of workers.

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Britain's Brexit minister David Davis said in a statement that Britons had approved a "historic decision" to leave the European Union after four decades of membership.

The launch of the Article 50 means the starting of a two-year Brexit talks between London and Brussels on a deal to determine Britain's future relationship with the remaining 27 member states of the EU.

After months of waiting, it feels like we are in the slightly odd period just before the business end of Brexit gets underway.

Dr Muscat told parliament that in his recent meeting with Mrs May in London, he emphasised that no new agreement would be better for the United Kingdom than that now in place with Britain as a full member of the union.

As the Prime Minister visited the country this morning ahead of triggering Article 50, Ms Wood told the BBC that "all options should be on the table".

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The Supreme Court ruled in January that May's government must obtain approval from the British parliament to trigger Article 50, prompting the introduction of emergency legislation.

A UK Government spokesperson said: "The UK has not yet invoked Article 50".

The report anticipates the new bills will be in addition to the Great Repeal Bill, which will scrap the 1972 European Communities Act that paved the way for the United Kingdom to enter the then-European Economic Community, ending the legal authority of EU law.

Actual negotiations might not start until June, they added.

Tusk reiterated on Monday that he would send governments a draft of Brexit negotiating guidelines within 48 hours of May's letter, which will set out Britain's demands for the talks.

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