BRITAIN: Prime Minister Theresa May To Formally Notify European Union Of Brexit Launch Process Next Week

The BBC reports:

Prime Minister Theresa May is to officially notify the European Union next Wednesday that the UK is leaving. 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. A No 10 spokesman said the UK’s Ambassador to the EU, Sir Tim Barrow, informed the European Council, headed by President Donald Tusk, earlier on Monday of the date that Article 50 would be triggered. Mrs May is expected to make a statement to the House of Commons on Wednesday shortly after invoking Article 50, setting out her aims.

  • Rex

    Breaking up is so hard to do.

  • another_steve

    My best wishes to all U.K. sisters and brothers reading here. May it go well for you.

    “Off we go, into the wild blue yonder….”

  • William

    Putin is salivating.

  • PickyPecker
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  • Boreal
    • Cody Crouse

      Opening up Pandora’s box. I hope that Theresa May saw those tens, if not hundreds of thousands of people that came out to the streets Saturday telling her *NOT* to trigger Article 50. She needs to change her mind & she even needs to want to.

  • William
    • That_Looks_Delicious

      LOL. That ghost actually looks a little like David Cameron, the way the UK cartoonists draw him.

      Speaking of Cameron, he seems to have completely vanished since the Brexit vote. Should we put his face on the side of milk cartons?

      • Earl

        Nah, on the back of a pack of bacon.

        He doesn’t do milk. 🙂

  • Henry Auvil

    I just wish I could brexit the US right now.

    • another_steve

      Isn’t that what Trump is doing?

      Telling the rest of the world to go fuck itself?

      • Ninja0980

        Yup, and thinking there won’t be consequences for that?
        Good luck getting anyone to help us in the next war we start.

    • PeterC

      You mean that Trump will not be successful?

      • Beagle

        Depends. Successful at what?

  • jayjonson

    Scotland will soon be leaving the UK, and presumably will be applying to remain in Europe.

    • Publius

      That’s wishful thinking. It is unlikely that Scotland will leave the United Kingdom, the polls don’t look good. Furthermore, it seems silly that Scottish people would look at the mess of the United Kingdom leaving a political union — which means crafting its own economic, domestic, and foreign policies — and then say to themselves: we should do the same. The cons simply outweigh the pros.

      • Ernest Endevor

        Trouble is that Scotland has historically been far more progressive than Westminster and has long felt that her welfare was being ignored for the benefits of the Home Counties. There is widespread animus against being ruled by England. Enough to force a vote on independence? Who knows. How much will the pound fall on today’s news? It’s already lost more than 20%.

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      That is going to be extremely difficult, because certain EU members (notably Spain and Belgium) would block it not because they have anything against the Scots but because of the precedent it would set. I read this past week that Nicola Sturgeon is setting her sights on Scotland joining EFTA instead, so they would be in the same situation as Norway, Iceland and Switzerland with significant access to the EU market but not a total member.

    • Robert Pierce

      It won’t be soon. Scotland will need approval from Westminster to do that. A referendum is not a devolved matter. Under our current Tory Brexit government which looks like it will be re-elected in 2020 because Labour has given up on being the true opposition, it’s going to be a while before independence happens. Sturgeon also hinted at an EEA deal after Brexit (European Economic Association) membership which would allow Scotland to access the single market and maintain freedom of movement, two of the four components of full EU membership. People forget that 36% of both SNP and Scottish Labour voted for Brexit. She’s trying to appease both sides currently.

  • Earl

    In less than a decade, the UK will apply for statehood in the USA.

    Hey, if they’re dumb enough to go for Brexit, they’ll be dumb enough to go for union.

    • The_Wretched

      While I’d like having them, they’d drop their standard of living to do so.


    April 1st would be a more appropriate day to trigger Article 50.

  • William
  • DanimalChgo

    This is completely insane.

  • Robert Pierce

    We’re having what is supposed to be the biggest demonstration in London this Saturday against Brexit. So much for Theresa Mayhem claiming 65 million of us are on board with Brexit. We’ll show her that we’re most definitely not.

    • PeterC

      It seems to me that with the vote so close the country would seriously consider are re-vote.

      • Robert Pierce

        The Tories have shot a second referendum down, but my party, the Liberal Democrats and The Greens are now the only opposition since Labour has abdicated that role by enabling the Tories to takes us out of the EU by doing nothing to stop them. However, the recent Lords amendment to have a meaningful vote in Parliament for a final EU deal, though it was shot down in the Commons, isn’t the end. There is growing support among Remain MPs to let the people also have a vote once they are presented with whatever deal is struck if any. A significant number of Brexiters didn’t vote to leave the single market since it wasn’t on the ballot although the ringleaders claim that simply voting to leave the EU meant exactly that. Theresa May indicated that she’d take us out, i.e. over the cliff in a hard Brexit if she fails to get what she wants. I think there will be a backlash from Remainers and some Brexit MPs if she pursues that route, not to mention constituents who voted to leave but wanted single market access. Then there are Brexiters who later became “Begretters” once they realised that the leave campaign promises were all hot air, actual lies. It’s far from over.

        • A Brit

          What else could Labour do? Try to block it (futile due to tory majority) and let Nuttal and UKIP sweep the north in 2020? Lib dems will gain 10 seats at most next election, the tories are on track for a gain of 50 as polls stand.

      • A Brit

        A lead of over a million votes, and polling (if any believes it now) says basically no one has changed their minds. I’ve met reluctant remain voters who just want to get on with it now, like my grandmother, as much as any of these supposed leave regretters.

    • A Brit

      Maybe you should have demonstrated before the vote then?

  • Derrick Johns

    Theresa May. Every time I hear her name I think of some auntie some of us have down in Alabama or the Carolinas. Here comes Aunt Theresa May and she’s all dressed in red.
    I wish when Prime Minister May met with Trump she had shown more dignity like Prime Minister Merkel. Look what May got in return for her new loyalty to Trump: She got the British being accused of spying on the orange blob at Trump Tower.

    • Beagle

      And who knows what the Germans will be accused of over the next few weeks?

  • billbear1961

    That’s right–lead your country down the garden path to chaos and ruin, because of a non-binding, advisory referendum the Leave side LIED repeatedly to win, and that many Leave voters now REGRET voting for.

    Pig-headed FOOL!!

  • Danieruw

    Dear EU,

    Welcome to Dumpsville. Population you!