IT BEGINS: Theresa May
PRIME MINISTER Theresa May is to officially notify the European Union next Wednesday (March 29), that the UK is leaving.
The UK’s permanent representative to the European Union, Sir Tim Barrow, notified the EU on Monday morning that a letter should be expected on that date.
The move will put the UK on course to leave the EU on the same date in 2019.
"Last June, the people of the UK made the historic decision to leave the EU. Next Wednesday, the government will deliver on that decision and formally start the process by triggering Article 50," said Brexit secretary David Davis in a statement.
"We are on the threshold of the most important negotiation for this country for a generation.
"The government is clear in its aims: a deal that works for every nation and region of the UK and indeed for all of Europe -- a new, positive partnership between the UK and our friends and allies in the European Union."
May is expected to make a statement to the House of Commons on Wednesday shortly after invoking Article 50, setting out her aims.
A spokesman said the government wants negotiations to start as soon as possible but added that they "fully appreciate it is right that the other 27 EU states have time to agree their position."