Theresa May’s official spokesman announced this morning that Article 50 will be triggered on Wednesday, March 29th.
The passing of the EU Notification of Withdrawal Bill through parliament unamended has given the Prime Minister the power to begin the process of withdrawal.
The Queen signed the Bill last Thursday, giving it Royal Assent in the final stage of the legislation’s procession.
Theresa May will use the authority provided to her by parliament to trigger Article 50 on the 29th of March.
“We want negotiations to start promptly, but it’s also right that the 27 have time to agree their position,” the Downing Street spokesman told reporters.
EU countries will to respond to Theresa May’s Article 50 letter within 48 hours, where they’re expected to lay out their negotiating position and demands.
Despite Theresa May’s attempts to please EU leaders, British negotiators will likely walk into a hostile atmosphere in Brussels.
European Council President Donald Tusk, who’ll provide the official EU response, last week said the 27 EU countries “will not be intimidated by threats that no Brexit deal is good for UK & bad for EU.”
We will not be intimidated by threats that no #Brexit deal is good for UK & bad for EU. No deal bad for everyone, above all for UK.
— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) March 15, 2017
The comment came after some members of the government suggested that a walkout from negotiations is possible and may not be a bad scenario for the United Kingdom.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told Robert Peston that a ‘no deal’ scenario following negotiations would be a “perfectly ok” outcome.
— Peston on Sunday (@pestononsunday) March 12, 2017