‘No branch back’ on Brexit as Article 50 triggered

Media captionTheresa May: “This is an ancestral moment”

Britain’s depart from a EU is “an ancestral impulse from that there can be no branch back”, Theresa May has said.


She was vocalization after Britain’s EU envoy rigourously triggered a dual year exit routine by handing a letter to EU Council President Donald Tusk.

A sombre-looking Mr Tusk pronounced it was not a “happy day” for him or a EU.

The European Parliament warned confidence team-work was not on a list as it dismissed a opening storm in what are approaching to be tough negotiations.

In her minute to Mr Tusk triggering Article 50 of a Lisbon Treaty, Mrs May pronounced disaster to strech a trade understanding within a two-year time extent could “weaken” team-work in a quarrel opposite crime and terrorism.

But Guy Verhofstadt, a European Parliament’s arch Brexit negotiator, pronounced he would not accept any try to “bargain” between trade and security, adding: “I consider a confidence of a adults is distant too critical to start a trade off from one for a other.”

In an talk with a BBC’s Andrew Neil, to be aired during 1900 BST on BBC One, Theresa May pronounced on confidence that she “would like to be means to contend a grade of co-operation on these matters that we have currently”.

Media captionMay hopes confidence team-work will continue

On a figure of a approaching trade understanding with a EU, she said: ‘What we’re both looking for is that extensive Free Trade Agreement that gives that ability to trade openly into a European singular market, and for them to trade with us.

“It will be a opposite relationship, though we consider it can have a same advantages in terms of that giveaway entrance to trade.”

Article 50 of a Lisbon Treaty gives both sides dual years to strech agreement so, unless a UK and a 27 remaining EU member states determine to extend a deadline for talks, a UK will leave on 29 Mar 2019, a Friday.

At a press discussion in Brussels, Donald Tusk hold adult Mrs May’s letter, saying: “We already skip you.”

In a brief statement, he pronounced it was not “a happy day” for him or for a EU and betrothed to start arrangements for a UK’s “orderly withdrawal”.

He pronounced a EU’s aim in negotiations was “damage limitation” and to “minimise costs” for EU citizens, businesses and member states.

In a matter in a Commons, Theresa May said: “Today a supervision acts on a approved will of a British people and it acts too on a transparent and convincing position of this House.”

Media captionTheresa May matter on Article 50
Media captionDonald Tusk: ‘We skip we already’

She added: “The Article 50 routine is now underneath proceed and in suitability with a wishes of a British people a United Kingdom is withdrawal a European Union.

“This is an ancestral impulse from that there can be no branch back.”

She pronounced Britain would now make a possess decisions and a possess laws and “take control of a things that matter many to us – we are going to take this event to build a stronger, fairer Britain, a nation that a children and grandchildren are unapproachable to call home”.

She told MPs that this outlines “the impulse for a nation to come together”.

Mrs May pronounced it was a “moment of jubilee for some, beating for others” and betrothed to “represent any chairman in a whole United Kingdom” during a negotiations – including EU nationals, whose standing after Brexit has nonetheless to be settled.

She pronounced that while a UK would sojourn a “best crony and neighbour” to a EU partners, it would also demeanour over a borders of Europe, observant a nation can “look brazen with confidence and wish and to trust in a fast energy of a British spirit”.

“I select to trust in Britain and that a best days distortion ahead.”

A 6 page minute from Mrs May triggering Article 50 was handed to European Council President Donald Tusk by a UK’s envoy to a EU Sir Tim Barrow.


Focus on May’s minute to Tusk

Alex Forsyth’s analysis: “In this territory a primary apportion is attempting to prominence a mutual advantages to both a UK and a EU of reaching an agreement about their destiny attribute – and warning of a dangers if that doesn’t happen. It’s a carrot rather than a stick, notwithstanding one that comes with a health warning.”

Read Alex’s full research of a letter’s pivotal points


In a leaked breeze position paper, a European Parliament, that has a final contend over any understanding struck with Britain, says Brexit could be revoked, notwithstanding antithesis from a EU arch adjudicator Michel Barnier to creation references to a reversibility of a process.

It also suggests that a European Court of Justice, a EU’s tip court, will be a “competent management for a interpretation and coercion of a withdrawal agreement”.

MEPs also insist that any trade understanding between a UK and a EU can usually be struck after Britain has left.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has deserted Mrs May’s call for negotiations on a UK’s exit from a EU to run in together with talks on defining their destiny relationship.

“The negotiations contingency initial explain how we will disentangle a interlinked relationship… and usually when this doubt is dealt with, can we, hopefully shortly after, start articulate about a destiny relationship,” pronounced Mrs Merkel in Berlin.

There is also approaching to be a large quarrel over superb debts a UK will have to compensate when it leaves. Theresa May betrothed a “fair settlement” – a EU wants £50bn.

Media captionBrexit instruction is ‘reckless’ – Jeremy Corbyn
Media captionTim Farron: Our children will decider us
Media captionThere May: UK to have ‘same benefits’ on trade

Labour personality Jeremy Corbyn pronounced his celebration would “back” Mrs May if she meets his party’s tests on a Brexit understanding – including full entrance to a singular marketplace and insurance for workers’ rights.

Liberal Democrat personality Tim Farron, who opposes Brexit, pronounced Mrs May was “twisting a will of a people, leaping into a abyss though any thought of where a nation will finish up”.

He pronounced it was “still probable for a British people to stop a tough Brexit and keep us in a singular marketplace – and if they want, it is still probable for a British people to select to sojourn in a European Union”.

“It is a tragedy that Labour are assisting a Conservatives in doing this repairs to a country,” he added.

Media captionSeven decades of a UK in Europe

The SNP indicted Theresa May of violation a guarantee to secure a UK-wide agreement before triggering Article 50 – and took a appropriate during a primary minister’s explain that “now is not a time” for another Scottish autonomy referendum.

The party’s unfamiliar affairs orator Alex Salmond said: “After 9 months of this primary minister’s proceed to Brexit Northern Ireland is deadlocked, a Welsh are alienated, Scotland is going for a referendum, a English are apart down a middle, and Brexit MPs are walking out of Commons committees since they don’t like home truths.

“Has a primary apportion considered, in terms of invoking Article 50, that ‘now is not a time’?”

Negotiations with other EU nations are approaching to start in mid-May.

On Thursday a supervision is approaching to tell sum of a “Great Repeal Bill”, that aims to modify EU law into domestic legislation and dissolution a European Communities Act, that says EU law is autarchic to a UK’s.

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Theresa May signs a minute to a EU confirming a UK’s departure


Up for discussion

  • Trade: The UK will repel from a singular marketplace and find a new etiquette arrangement and a giveaway trade agreement with a EU
  • Expats: The supervision wants to secure an agreement with European countries “at a beginning opportunity” on a rights of EU nationals in a UK and Britons vital in Europe
  • Brexit bill: The UK supervision has betrothed to honour a obligations as it leaves, though has brushed off claims these could run to £50bn
  • Northern Ireland border: Aiming for “as seamless and frictionless a limit as probable between Northern Ireland and Ireland”
  • Sovereignty: Britain will leave a office of a European Court of Justice though find to set adult apart fortitude mechanisms for things like trade disputes
  • Security: The UK supervision has pronounced it wants to continue to concur on confidence and intelligence-sharing
  • Transitional deal: An halt arrangement might be indispensable before a final arrangements come into force

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