Theresa May to trigger Article 50 on 29 March

We assumed that there would be a deal on preserving the existing rights for EU living in Britain, and British citizens living in the EU and that Britain and the EU would continue to co-operate on security matters.

Sapin says he hopes the negotiations between Britain and the European Union "can be done in a constructive manner, by both sides".

This will be a "long game". Britain could leave earlier if it gets a deal, and the two-year deadline can be extended if all agree.

With the Queen now having given Royal Assent to the Article 50 Bill, the United Kingdom is on the verge of starting negotiations to withdraw from the European Union.

Her latest visit was in the driving rain of Swansea Bay as she bookends her pre-article 50 period in Downing Street with another series of visits to the devolved nations of the UK. We don't know if other European Union countries would agree to Britain going back to renegotiate the deal.

Britain's Parliament last week gave its final approval to May's Brexit plans, and the prime minister had at one point been expected to trigger Article 50 then.

Britain's exit negotiations are expected to be exceptionally tricky, with the country aiming to leave Europe's common market and customs union but hoping to retain preferential access to both through a new trading agreement.

Although Britain as whole voted to leave the EU, Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to stay in the bloc.

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He said that there must be a very clear sequencing.

"Labour will hold the prime minister to account all the way, and argue for a Brexit deal that puts jobs, the economy and living standards first".

There's also likely to be friction over Britain's desire to maintain free trade in goods and services with the bloc, without accepting the EU's core principle of free movement of workers.

Britain's ambassador to the EU, Tim Barrow, told the office of European Council President Donald Tusk on Monday morning that Britain would trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty next Wednesday, May's spokesman said.

While the government has signalled areas for compromise and is keen to remind European Union leaders of the benefits of cooperation, government departments are still awaiting the final word from May's office on which economic sectors to prioritise. "We will get on and make sure that Brexit works for everyone in the United Kingdom".

The mood music will also be important.

She has been vocal that Britain is heading for a "bad deal" on Brexit and apparently wants out.

Demands for a large exit fee for Britain and a view in some member states that it must be "punished" for leaving to discourage others thus carry dangers from an Irish viewpoint.

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