UK to for­mally trig­ger Brexit on March 29

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Lon­don: Bri­tain said it will trig­ger its exit from the Euro­pean Union on March 29, nine months af­ter the coun­try voted to leave the Union.

Trig­ger­ing Ar­ti­cle 50 of the EU’s Lis­bon Treaty, the for­mal pro­ce­dure for leav­ing the bloc, will open a two­year timetable for dif­fi­cult ne­go­ti­a­tions, mean­ing Bri­tain could be out of the EU by 2019.

“The UK’s per­ma­nent rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the EU in­formed the of­fice of (Euro­pean Union Pres­i­dent) Don­ald Tusk that it is the UK’s in­ten­tion to trig­ger Ar­ti­cle 50 on March 29,” Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May’s spokesman told re­porters.

The spokesman said May would no­tify Tusk in writ­ing and then give a speech to the Bri­tish par­lia­ment.

‘We want ne­go­ti­a­tions to start promptly,” he said.

Bri­tain voted in a June ref­er­en­dum by a 52^% ma­jor­ity to leave the EU. — AFP

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