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Brexit: UK notifies of its intention to leave the EU

On 29 March 2017, in a letter from the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, submitted to the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, the United Kingdom notified of its intention to leave the European Union under Article 50 of the Treaty of the European Union. This notification follows the UK referendum of 23 June 2016.


The European Council adopted a statement on the UK notification:

We regret that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union, but we are ready for the process that we now will have to follow. (...) In these negotiations the Union will act as one and preserve its interests. Our first priority will be to minimise the uncertainty caused by the decision of the United Kingdom for our citizens, businesses and Member States.


29/03/2017 - Statement by the European Council (Art. 50) on the UK notification

29/03/2017 - The Article 50 notification letter

29/03/2017 - Remarks by President Donald Tusk following the UK notification

31/03/2017 - Remarks by President Donald Tusk on the next steps following UK notification


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