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Brexit Day will be March 29. Theresa May to start EU divorce next week

PUBLISHED: 12:11 20 March 2017 | UPDATED: 12:30 20 March 2017

Theresa May will trigger Article 50 on March 29. Niall Carson/PA Wire

Theresa May will trigger Article 50 on March 29. Niall Carson/PA Wire

Theresa May has announced March 29 is the day she will trigger Article 50 - the formal process for leaving the European Union.


The clock will start ticking on negotiations once the Prime Minister has sent a letter giving the European Union formal notice that Britain wants to depart from the political bloc.

A self-imposed deadline of the end of March was set by Mrs May at her party conference last year, but her spokesman confirmed the date had now been set.

The law giving Mrs May the power to trigger Article 50 was passed with no conditions earlier this month.

It is supposed to take two years for Britain to leave the European Union after Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty has been triggered, although it could take longer to agree the terms of the deal.

A raft of complex negotiations will begin about our relationship with the EU after exit.

An agreement will have to be reached with the 27 other European Union member states. They all have a veto over the conditions of leaving.

Under the letter of the law of the Lisbon Treaty, two years after its activation, the UK will no longer be a member of the EU, whether or not a deal has been struck.

European Council President Donald Tusk has said he will need just 48 hours to respond to the UK with “draft guidelines” for the negotiations.

A Suffolk war hero who survived eight bomb blasts has told this newspaper a new political party launching nationwide next month aims repair the country’s public services – and give disillusioned voters a voice.

An appeal has been launched to find an Essex man wanted in connection with a failure to appear at court.

A world-renowned female harpist has denied sexually abusing a schoolboy and told a trial that he sexually assaulted her while she was in the shower.

Starstruck pupils at a Suffolk primary school gasped and cheered as The Voice contestants Tania Hambleton and Ryan North treated the excited youngsters to a mini concert.

The mother of a man with Down’s Syndrome who died at the age of just 33 says she believes her son’s death was ‘wholly preventable’, an inquest has heard.

A Suffolk MP has demanded the Government pledge emergency cash to solve an ambulance crisis which whistleblowers claim has killed scores across the region.

The University of Essex is among more than 60 institutions set to strike next month over pensions – however staff at the University of Suffolk are not expected to take part.

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