The British government of Theresa May will activate Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon on 29 March, officially launching a divorce with the European Union, a spokesman for Downing Street said on Monday.
The Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom in Brussels informed the European Union this morning that Britain would activate Article 50 on 29 March, the spokesman said in a press briefing. “We want negotiations to begin quickly,” he added.
On June 23, “the British made the historic decision to leave the EU. Next Wednesday, the government will implement this decision and formally launch the process to activate Article 50, “said a minister in charge of the Brexit David Davis.
Speaking of “the most important negotiation for this country for a generation”, he added that the government was “clear on its objectives: an agreement that works for all the nations and regions of the UK and of course for the whole A positive new partnership between the United Kingdom and our friends and allies in the European Union “.
In Brussels, a spokesman for the European Union said that “everything was ready” for this activation of Article 50.
Brexit triggering opens the period of exit negotiations from the EU, which should last up to two years.
The announcement came after the British Parliament’s approval of a week ago and the royal assent given by Elizabeth II on Thursday, while the British prime minister faces the risk of having to hold a new independence referendum in Scotland. Risk of a UK breakdown.
Scotland’s Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon will ask the regional parliament to ask for this new consultation. He is due to vote on Wednesday.
She justified her request by the “wall of intransigence” opposed by the British government to the demands of the Scots regarding the Brexit, while they want to remain in the European single market.
But Mrs May wants a clear and clear Brexit involving the exit of the single market in order to regain control of immigration.
Scotland voted 62% for retention in the EU in the June 23 referendum, which decided with 52% of the vote divorce with the EU.
The percentage of Scots favoring independence is still a minority, but at a historical high: 46% according to a ScotCen study published Wednesday.