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Article 50 Trigger Date March 29, Downing Street Confirms

20 March 2017, 06:49 | Kelvin Horton

Getty Images U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May at a July 2016 meeting in Edinburgh with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

Getty Images              U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May at a July 2016 meeting in Edinburgh with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

The Prime Minister will send a letter to European Council President Donald Tusk activating Article 50 next Wednesday, starting the clock on two years of intense negotiations.

The U.K. chose to leave the European Union in a historic June 2016 vote that reflected the recent groundswell of nationalism in the region thanks to, in large part, an influx of refugees and asylum seekers fleeing war and political turmoil in the Middle East.

The official proceedings for Brexit that United Kingdom will invoke Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty will be done by letter, he said.

Mrs May will be accompanied by Brexit Secretary David Davis and Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns today.

He claimed he had not been informed by Downing Street about the Prime Minister's intended date for triggering Article 50. The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, argues that this is wrong and wants an independent referendum for her people.

She said that the focus in the coming years in Europe will be to work on Brexit and "how we can strengthen the cooperation of the 27" other European Union members.

The spokesman said May would notify Tusk in writing and then give a speech to the British parliament. Such will confirm May's October pronouncement that she would begin the process by March.

Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, David Davis, said: 'Last June, the people of the United Kingdom made the historic decision to leave the EU.

The trigger for all this tumult is the innocuous-sounding Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty, a never-before-used mechanism for withdrawing from the bloc.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron was first to react to the news, warning that May was "embarking on an extreme and divisive Brexit... without a plan, and without a clue".

"She has chosen the hardest and most divisive form of Brexit, choosing to take us out of the single market before she has even tried to negotiate".

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