Article 50 will be triggered on March 29

Brexit will place 'huge burden' on Parliament, report says

The UK government will invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and trigger Brexit talks on 29 March, Downing Street confirmed on Monday (20 March).

The notification of triggering Article 50 will come in the form of a letter.

After May's letter reaches Tusk, he is expected to distribute draft guidelines for the negotiations to the 27 other European Union member states.

Notification of the historic step will come in the form of a letter from the Prime Minister to Mr Tusk, though Downing Street did not make clear whether this would be a physical letter handed to the European Council president by a United Kingdom representative or might be sent electronically.

The European Commission's Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has said they must be wrapped up by October 2018 to give the EU and national parliaments time to ratify the deal. Britain could leave earlier if it gets a deal, and the two-year deadline can be extended if all agree.

David Davis, Britain's Brexit secretary called the departure from the European Union "the most important negotiation for this country in a generation".

But formal talks between London and Brussels are not expected to start for six to eight weeks, according to European Union sources, and possibly later while waiting for the result of German elections in September.

More news: Theresa May to trigger Article 50 on 29 March

"The UK will no longer exist for example and we've said under those circumstances Wales should be able to determine what happens to us", said Ms Wood, whose party holds ten out of the 60 seats in the Welsh Assembly and has three MPs.

European leaders have stepped up their rhetoric over the past week as the start of negotiations draws nearer.

Tusk reiterated on Monday that he would send governments a draft of Brexit negotiating guidelines within 48 hours of May's letter, which will set out Britain's demands for the talks. She has been vocal that Britain is heading for a "bad deal" on Brexit and apparently wants out. We don't know if Britain could change its mind, withdraw its Article 50 notification and stay after all.

Her aim is to enforce a message of unity in the wake of Scotland demanding a second referendum over its independence from the United Kingdom.

The British government has said firmly that it will not backtrack on Brexit.

Reacting to the confirmation of the date, Karen Briggs, head of Brexit at KPMG said, "Although the UK's substantial financial contribution to the European Union and its status outside the Schengen Area offer the opportunity for a unique deal to be struck, businesses still need to plan for a "no deal" scenario".

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