Brexit latest: Theresa May to trigger Article 50 on March 29

Brexit latest: Theresa May to trigger Article 50 on March 29

Brexit latest: Theresa May to trigger Article 50 on March 29

The PM's official spokesman said: "Earlier this morning, the UK Permanent Representative to the European Union informed the office of Donald Tusk that it is the UK's intention to trigger Article 50 on March 29".

Sterling fell half a cent against the dollar on what Brexit minister David Davis described as a move taking Britain to "the threshold of the most important negotiation for this country for a generation".

The European Commission said it stood ready to help launch the negotiations.

"We are going to be out there, negotiating hard, delivering on what the British people voted for". We have always said we meant to do so before the end of March.

Speaking soon after the date was announced during her ongoing tour of Wales, the British Prime Minister said she would work towards getting a "good free trade deal" from the EU.

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Cherry said, "Smaller businesses want to make sure that easy access to the European Union single market and the right talent feature prominently in the forthcoming negotiations".

She has said she wants a new relationship that is good for Britain and the European Union, but would rather walk away than accept a bad deal.

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Downing Street said she would write a letter to the European Council, adding that it hoped negotiations on the terms of exit and future relations could then begin as quickly as possible.

Britain has said it wants to agree its divorce and a new relationship with Europe within the two years.

The committee's chairman, Sir Bill Cash, summed up the mood among many Brexit-backing Tories when he said: "We really don't owe anything to the European Union".

At the same time, May faces threats by Scottish nationalists to call a new independence referendum that could break up the United Kingdom.

Davis said ministers would seek a Brexit deal "that works for every nation and region of the United Kingdom and indeed for all of Europe - a new, positive partnership between the United Kingdom and our friends and allies in the European Union".

By the end of next week, after he has received May's letter, European Council President Donald Tusk should have distributed draft guidelines for the negotiations to the 27 other national governments. The Prime Minister will give a statement to Parliament as well.

The IFG - an independent charity that aims to increase government effectiveness - says departments will need "ruthlessly to prioritise" other legislation and find non-legislative routes to get the laws through, particularly given the government's narrow Commons majority.

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