British Prime Minister Theresa May has begun the formal process of the UK’s departure from the EU, by triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.
The triggering means that the UK has 2 years to negotiate it’s departure from the bloc, and make new arrangements with the European Union.
The status of British residents living in the EU, including here in Spain, as well as EU residents living in the UK is set to be a priority in negotiations.
However, at the moment, even though the process to leave has begun, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth office is reminding people that their rights have not changed, as the UK remains a full member of the EU until it’s departure.
The British Embassy in Spain is advising people to follow their social media channels for information, as well as to visit the UK Government website – planforbritain.gov.uk – which will detail more on the process.
The announcement comes after last years referendum, in which the UK voted to leave the union 50% to 48%.
Read more > Article 50 letter in full
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The letter which she will send to Mr Tusk, will be “one of the most important documents in the country’s recent history” and it will set the tone for a new relationship with the EU, she told her senior team of ministers.
A summit of EU member states to discuss Brexit is be held on 29 April. The meeting will be used to agree the guidelines for the EU’s negotiating team headed by Michel Barnier.
European Council president Donald Tusk said the priority would be giving “clarity” to EU residents, business and member states about the talks ahead.
April’s meeting, which the UK will not attend, will be held just days after the first round of voting in the French presidential election.
The UK will remain a member of the EU for two years, which may be extended upon the unilateral agreement of all members of the EU.
Eyes are being kept on markets and currencies, to gauge reaction to the news.
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