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European Union sees Brexit summit in late April or early May

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Eleena Tovar | 21 Marcha, 2017, 01:03

The UK's ambassador to the EU, Sir Tim Barrow, formally informed EU Council president Donald Tusk of the date on Monday.

The Bill allows the prime minister to notify Brussels that the United Kingdom is leaving the European Union, with a two-year process of exit negotiations to follow.

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". Once the European Union is formally notified that the United Kingdom intends to leave the bloc, a two-year countdown will begin.

So, it's official: Brexit will start next Wednesday, March 29, 2017.

Labour's Keir Starmer said the opposition would hold the government to account throughout the process, claiming the prime minister had failed to provide certainty about her plans or prepare for the "clear dangers" of not reaching a deal at all.

Downing Street said: "We want negotiations to start promptly, but it's obviously right the 27 have an opportunity to agree their position".

Despite meetings of the devolved nation leaders in Westminster she said Theresa May has so far displayed few signs of taking on board Wales' needs.

The article states that any interim agreement should include a schedule for a new free-trade area "within a reasonable length of time" - but it doesn't determine what is reasonable.

He added that Number 10 now wants negotiations to "start promptly" - once the article is invoked it will be up to the European Union to come back, with an early response expected within 48 hours.

Stephen Gethins, the SNP's Europe spokesman, said: "Today's announcement that the Prime Minister will push ahead and unilaterally trigger Article 50 shatters beyond fix any notion or position that the Prime Minister is seeking a UK-wide agreement". She will notify President Tusk in writing.

Tusk will also summon those 27 leaders for a summit to endorse the final guidelines, probably in early May.

May succeeded David Cameron soon after the Brexit referendum, but delayed triggering Article 50 to give herself time to work on her strategy. But economists and government officials have warned that Britain's exit is likely to be turbulent, and some within the prime minister's ruling Conservative Party have pushed for her to call an early election this spring.

Meanwhile, Britain's Institute for Government has said as many as 15 new Parliamentary Bills may be needed due to Brexit.

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.

They would be in addition to the Great Repeal bill, which will end EU legal authority in the country by scrapping the 1972 European Communities Act.

May has said she wants to make Brexit as painless as possible.