Prime Minister, Theresa May, announced last week in parliament that article 50 would be officially triggered today (29th March) to begin the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union.
Britain’s exit from the European Union comes as a result of a referendum held on 23rd June 2016 which sparked debate among millions of voters across the United Kingdom.
The leave campaign won with a 51.89% majority which left the country divided and many unsure of what the future for Britain would hold. This resulted in many protests across the UK and many months of discussion and debate in the House of Commons and House of Lords.
Tens of thousands march across London to protest Brexit, just days before Theresa May is set to trigger Article 50. pic.twitter.com/7czHhUDy2V
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) March 25, 2017
Despite facing opposition from MP’s and the House of Lords, Theresa May eventually was granted the bill which authorises the British government to trigger article 50.
The United Kingdom’s divorce from the EU is expected to officially commence today but it is expected that the negotiations could last up to two years.
Details of exactly what will happen once article 50 is ‘triggered’ are still unclear as the United Kingdom will be the first nation to exit the European Union since the Lisbon Treaty came in to effect in December 2009. The Lisbon Treaty resulted in the process of withdrawal from the European Union being governed by Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union.
— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) March 28, 2017