PM May triggers article 50, Brexit process started

PM May triggers article 50, Brexit process started

PM May triggers article 50, Brexit process started

Written by Staff Writer

29 Mar, 2017 | 10:21 am

UK Prime Minister Theresa May is to trigger Article 50 on Wednesday, kick-starting the Brexit process that will see Britain leave the European Union in two years’ time.

This move comes after a  referendum held in June 2016 where citizens voted to decide whether the UK should leave or remain in the European Union. Leave won by 51.9% to 48.1%. The referendum turnout was 71.8%, with more than 30 million people voting.

Former Prime minister David Cameron resigned on the day that he lost the referendum and the reigns were handed over to current PM Theresa May.

The formal proceedings for Britain to leave the EU can only start after PM May officially informs Europe that the government is triggering Article 50. That is expected to happen on Wednesdayin Brussels, when Tim Barrow, the UK’s permanent representative to the EU, delivers a letter of notification to European Council President Donald Tusk.

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