May to trigger article 5020/03/17Government
UK Prime Minister Theresa May is to trigger article 50 on 29 March, her spokesman has confirmed.
The UK’s permanent representative to the EU, Sir Tim Barrow, notified the EU this morning (20 March) that a letter should be expected on that date.
May, who was visiting Swansea, intended to visit Northern Ireland and Scotland before the formal notification was sent by letter on 29 March, Downing Street said.
Downing Street sources had repeatedly said May would take the action to start the Brexit process “by the end of March”.
The Brexit secretary, David Davis, confirmed article 50 would be triggered next week, calling the process “the most important negotiation for this country in 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,” he added.
May’s spokesman said Barrow had a conversation with President of the European Council, Donald Tusk’s office earlier to give the EU notice of the date.
He said: “There will be a letter, she will notify President Tusk in writing, and the prime minister has already confirmed she will give a statement to parliament as well.
“More details will be given in due course.”