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"Thank you and goodbye"- EU's Tusk accepts Brexit notice
January 19 2018, 05:30 | Irvin Gilbert
IT'S OFFICIAL Theresa May has triggered Article 50 to take Britain out of the EU
Nine months after Britain voted to leave the European Union in a referendum, June 23, 2016, May has fired the starting pistol on the negotiations on Britain leaving the European Union and finding a new relationship with the remaining 27 members post-Brexit.
Six pages. The notification from Prime Minister Theresa May triggering Article 50 and formally starting the negotiations over the UK's withdrawal from the European Union.
The first official announcement that Article 50 had been invoked was made by Donald Tusk with a message on Twitter saying: "After nine months the United Kingdom has delivered".
"After nine months the United Kingdom has delivered".
"There is no reason to pretend this is a happy day", he added. "But paradoxically there is something positive in Brexit", Tusk added.
Instead, Verhofstadt thinks it's likely there will be an extended transition period of "I don't know, two, three, four years - we say no more than three years - to discuss, to detail the content of this future relationship".
Tusk said that he would "share guidelines for negotiations" with the 27 member states when he is in Valletta, Malta, on Friday.
Theresa May is now urging the country to come together, in the aftermath of the controversial Brexit vote.
"At moments like these, the choice we make defines the character of our nation we can choose to turn our face to the past and say it can't be done, or we can choose to look forward".
"We will use all means possible to make sure we hold the government to their word on full access to the single market, on protecting Britain from being dragged into a race to the bottom, and ensuring our future relationship with the European Union is strong and co-operative", the left-winger said.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn responded by urging the Conservative premier to deliver for the "whole country, not just the few".
"The task before us is momentous but it should not be beyond us".
A senior European diplomat says the European Union won't seek to punish Britain for leaving the bloc. The U.K. Parliament would have to approve any second referendum. Negotiations are expected to begin in either May or June this year.
Earlier this month Johnson, a leading member of the "Leave" campaign said Britain would be "perfectly OK" without a deal on Brexit and should be prepared to walk away from European Union talks. And we will hold the government to account every step of the way'. The figure could stand at a colossal $65 billion.
It's also a possibility that Northern Ireland could follow.
'That's why Labour has set the clear priorities of full access to the European market, rights at work and environmental protection. A residency agreement could be sealed off as a done deal before it would need to be rubber-stamped as part of the overall withdrawal package, he said.
She said the two sides should "engage with one another constructively and respectfully, in a spirit of honest cooperation".
Scotland is likely to request a second referendum on whether to seek independence from the United Kingdom, in favor of staying in Europe, among other consequences, which Britain as an independent nation will have to accept.