May to trigger Brexit Article 50 on March 29

Frank Prenesti Sharecast | 20 Mar, 2017 11:46 - Updated: 12:54 | | |

Theresa May

Prime Minister Theresa May will trigger Article 50 on March 29, starting the firing gun on talks for Britain to leave the European Union within two years, a Downing Street spokesman said.

May would now write a letter to the EU's 27 other members, he added, and said the government expected negotiations to begin as quickly as possible.

The UK voted to leave the EU 51.9% to 48.1% in a referendum held last June.

The UK's Ambassador to the EU, Sir Tim Barrow, had informed the European Council of May's intentions, the spokesman said.

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