British Prime Minister May Triggers Article 50, Notifies EU Council UK will Leave Union


Time: 4:48 p.m. CEST

Donald Tusk, President of the European Council in remarks after receiving May’s latter said, “there is no reason to pretend that this is a happy day, neither in Brussels, nor in London.”

The European Council received on March 29 a letter from the British Prime minister Theresa May, which triggers the Article 50 of the Treaty and marks beginning of the official process of divorce between the United Kingdom and European Union. The six-page letter May sent to the European Council came after last year when “leave” campaign with 51, 9 percentage of the votes won on a referendum to “leave or remain” in the European Union. What follows after the official trigger of the process are negotiations between EU and U.K. on subjects considering trade, immigration, visa system and many other further mutual relations.

The European Council said that in these negotiations “the Union will act as one and preserve its interests.” The Council promises, “focus on key arrangements for an orderly withdrawal,” and decreasing “the uncertainty” caused by the decision for Union’s citizens, businesses and Member States. Donald Tusk, President of the European Council in remarks after receiving May’s latter said, “there is no reason to pretend that this is a happy day, neither in Brussels, nor in London.”

Tusk praised those British voters who wish “that would stay together, not drift apart,” as about 48,1 percentages of the voters supported “remain’ campaign on last-year referendum. On March 29, United Kingdom’s permanent representative to the EU handed the letter to the President of the European Council on Theresa May’s behalf. The letter, as May stated to the British Parliament, “confirming government decision to invoke article 50 of the Treaty on EU.”

May stated, “The Government acts on the democratic will of the British people and it acts on clear and convincing position of this house,” May stated. In the letter delivered in Brussels, May stated the referendum was a vote to restore, out national self-determination. “We are leaving the European Union, but we are not leaving Europe-and we want to remain committed partners and allies to our friends across the continent. May notified the Council that U.K. would withdraws from the European Union and from the European Atomic Energy Community.

In the negotiations that will follow the process of divorce between EU and U.K. every side would try to protect its interest and as Tusk stated in his remarks,” our goal is clear: to minimize the costs for the EU citizens, business and Member states,” but Council would act “to protect the interests of the 27.”

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