HOW DOES BRITAIN FILE FOR DIVORCE?
The bill passed by Parliament late Monday authorizes the British government to invoke Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty, which says a member state may “notify the European Council of its intention” to leave the bloc.
Later this month, May is expected to send the notification
On the British side, Davis will take the lead, reporting to May. Britain’s ambassador to the EU, Tim Barrow, also
Britain’s vote to leave the EU has meant uncertainty for 3 million EU citizens living in the U.K., and 1 million Britons who reside in the 27 other nations of the bloc. Both sides agree that providing a guarantee that they will be able to stay where
Under the terms of Article 50, Britain will cease to be an EU member in March 2019.
But EU negotiators warn it could take two years just to
The British government has said firmly that it will not backtrack on Brexit. But it’s unclear whether Article 50 is legally reversible. Former British ambassador to the EU John Kerr, who wrote Article 50, says “it is not irrevocable. You can change your mind while the process is going on.”
However, domestic pressures make it unlikely that the British government would try a U-turn. May probably will take her cue from a catch phrase of predecessor Margaret Thatcher: “The lady’s not for turning.”