Theresa May Will Trigger Article 50 On March 29, Starting Brexit Process

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It appears that the long-awaited Article 50 trigger, officially beginning the Brexit process, will take place next Wednesday, March 29, because moments ago a Theresa May spokesman confirmed a report in the UK's CityAM, reporting that Article 50 will be triggered next Wednesday.


Britain’s ambassador to the EU Tim Barrow told the office of European Council President Donald Tusk
that Britain will trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, Mrs. May’s
spokesman said. He said he expects talks to begin promptly, but that the
U.K. understands the 27 EU countries will want time to deliver their
response. Slack said that “after we trigger, the 27 will agree their guidelines for negotiations and the Commission’s negotiating mandate” and added that “president Tusk has said he expects an initial response within 48 hours. We want negotiations to start promptly”

EU Council president Donald Tusk is now expected to respond formally in the next two days, although the detailed EU negotiating position is not expected to emerge until later in the spring.

David Davis, the UK’s Brexit secretary added that "The Government is clear in its aims: a deal that works for every nation and region of the UK and indeed for all of Europe – a new, positive partnership between the UK and our friends and allies in the European Union."

As the FT adds, the pre-announcement of the timing of the Article 50 letter is partly aimed at preparing financial markets for the formal start of the Brexit process which will last at least two years.  Downing St has been anxious in recent months to counter the risk that major Brexit announcements are inevitably accompanied by falls in the value of the pound. 

Meanwhile, cable has not reacted to the news, with the pound trading at a three-week high against the dollar at $1.2410 on Monday.

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DeathingerStar's picture

Bye Bye European Union. France next?

Harlequin001's picture

So where the fuck are these 'There will be no Brexit' people?

Eh? They were so certain...

Time to open a new ZH account me thinks...

sheikurbootie's picture

That's a mic drop statement!

I can't tell you how many of my Brit friends were certain the government was just playing to the masses when they agreed to agree with the results.  LOL

Boom, good bye EU and Fuck your immigrants!

The UK's Mexicans have been the Southern Europeans looking for work and willing to work for the lowest wage.  Globalism damn near killed world identity.   I like it much better being unique and defined.  Every country I've visited in the last 10 years has turned into shit.  The new people don't assimilate, they bring their 3rd world with them.  Even NZ has a feel of being in China, Pakistan with all the immigration in the last 20 years.  A real shame.

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cue in cue (not verified) sheikurbootie Mar 20, 2017 7:39 AM

I'm making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do...

eforce's picture


Thousands of years later...nothings changed...

EU Parliament building:

"Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech." - God

OverTheHedge's picture

I will agree that in every country you go to, you can buy the same plastic shit sold in the same multi-national stores, all to the detriment of the local market. Clothing no longer gives you any hint of where you are, as all the poorer people tend to buy mass-market Chinese or Indian clothes - I see lots and lots of Chinese-style quilted coats everywhere I go.

Of course, the multi-nationals are doing very nicely, so that's ok.

Teja's picture

Every country I've visited in the last 10 years has turned into shit.

In this point, I agree. Everywhere, the streets are full with noisy cars and motorbikes, leaving no place for pedestrians, the shops carry mostly the same global brands, mixed with fake souvenirs made in Asia, the houses are ugly concrete buildings looking the same everywhere, derelict industrial sites pester the landscape, and the air in many countries is barely breathable. Not much fun to travel, anymore.

And of course immigrants are at fault for every single one of the points above, right?


Jeffersonian Liberal's picture

The Statists crushed secession.

California does not get to leave.

I love the state, even if I loathe the leftists and parasites that live there.

They do not get to secede.

If the Californians don't like America when one of their tyrants is not ruling over us, then those individuals can leave the country.

The rest of us will straighten out and enjoy the state itself.

TahoeBilly2012's picture

Lotsa red counties in California, like everywhere else.

WayPastCaring's picture

Dream on. You know the state is a lost cause like all of the West Coast. Parasites don't leave the host until it's dead.

Why are you hanging around contributing even a penny to these scum?

TahoeBilly2012's picture

When they move Lake Tahoe to Arkansas, give me a call!

ZD1's picture

You can live near Lake Tahoe without having to live in Commiefornia. Move to the Nevada side. 

ZD1's picture

Commiefornia is beyond ever being straightened out. It's turned into a turd world shithole. 

Jack's Raging Bile Duct's picture

Your claim on their lives and property is, what? A preferece? A grudge? You get to decide what people do with their property because you are resentful? Change your user name. You spit on Jefferson's grave.

Sudden Debt's picture

Our media keeps ignoring it but damn I'll be a happy man when all hell breaks loose!

Europe is just a retirement club for corrupt politicians.

I wonder what they'll do when most will have to look  for real jobs because we have WAY to many politicians.


The retirement age for politicians is set down to 50 because there's just to many.

And for the rest of us... 65 is the minimum and we're going to go to 72 in the near future...


Jeffersonian Liberal's picture

And like failed businessmen and failed businesswomen (think Marissa Mayer and Elizabeth Holmes to name just two), what do corrupt politicians do when their ideas fail?

Expand and conglomerate, merge and acquire.

Hide the mess by having it taken over by a larger entity or more powerful 'partners.'

The EU was a merging of struggling nations and was designed to hide the socialist failings of those smaller nations in a larger, socialist conglomeration.

Ghordius's picture

that "socialist"... does it mean balanced budgets? or does it just mean "not spending enough for weapons"?

yes, the EU is swell... for small nations. funny, eh? the smaller, the more they tend to like the EU

meanwhile, the bigger and better armed, the more they tend to think why bother

does this mean that loving your nation is only good if it's a big, "swinging dick" country?

it reminds me that 19th Century joke: "A language is a dialect with a big army and a big navy"

ghengis86's picture

Right on! Fuck the EU!

Bay of Pigs's picture

Burn the fucker down!!!!

Come on Ghordo, more pearls of wisdom please.

Ghordius's picture

as you wish, but what do you wish for? for my part, I wished for the UK to leave our club. they never fit, imho. they were never interested in those details that are necessary for such a thing

meanwhile, I am watching amazed how the UK gov voted for Tusk... against Poland gov's wishes

I am also watching amazed how PM May brought the UK Tory party back in the fold of the European People's Party in the EU Parliament, after Cameron took them out of it, particularly when it came to vote for Juncker

DEMIZEN's picture

how does poland always manage to be on the wrong side of their equasion?

Ghordius's picture

well, it's complicated. the Polish government is very, very critical of the EU, and would prefer to get out, too

but the Polish electorate... they would riot and put them down if they would drag Poland out of the EU

besides, Tusk's previous Polish gov put education about how the EU functions on school books and in classrooms. it's difficult nowadays to find Poles that have the same abysmal understanding as let's say the average Englishman on the street

but it is easy to find Poles in the UK that are afraid of being beaten up if they speak Polish on British streets, be it a true or false impression on their part

Sandmann's picture

You really are off the wall. Tusk's Party is the one that tried to pack the Court and caused the current problems. Tusk is loathed y the Polish government.

People in UK have a far superior understanding of EU than Germans or Poles. Your Anglophobia blinds you to reality

Ghordius's picture

"People in UK have a far superior understanding of EU than Germans or Poles"

that's British humour, isn't it? or is it from the tabloid press? The "Save Our Jugs!" Campaign comes to mind

yes, some Brits have a superiour understanding of the EU. but you have to go to Scotland or NI to find them, mostly. or stay in London

but in England? or among the ExPats worldwide? you must be joking

Sandmann's picture

Tabloid press in UK should be read Chinese stule from back to front. Most readers of tabloids buy it for the sports pages at the back and have no interest in the front. Shows you have zero idea of the UK Ghordius

Rubicon's picture

Drive around Poland and every visible development project has a board attached proudly announcing that it is an EU Project.

Keep sending your money dumbfucks.

Ghordius's picture

well, the EU pays half... out of money sent by the national governments, including from Poland

interestingly, you don't see those "proud billbords" in the UK... because the UK gov does not put them up, while the Polish gov does

and yet, there it is. every "EU Project" is paid half by the national gov and half by the EU funds... provided by the national govs

"sharing is caring"! LOL

Sandmann's picture

interestingly, you don't see those "proud billbords" in the UK... because the UK gov does not put them up, while the Polish gov does


You are clearly potty. I have seen them in the UK esp with rail electrification. Why do you spout such drivel Ghordius ?

Ghordius's picture

have you ever compared those billboards? the size of the EU flag on them? some notice those differences... like the guy I answered to

Sandmann's picture

I have seen bigger billboards with EU flags on rail electrification in England than I ever do in Germany where the EU symbol is kept small and funnily enough ids even ion Government buildings which have breen funded with EU money !!! You might also observe German vineyards which are unviable without subsidy

TeaClipper's picture

Your faux amazement is obvious. As you are well aware the Tories are for the most part signed up to the globalist agenda. They were savvy enough to realize though, that the writing was on the wall for their party, from the likes of UKIP. Believe me, most people in my country wouldnt trust a tory as far as they could spit, but they know, if they fail to deliver Brexit they are finished.

Ghordius's picture

I still don't know what that "globalism" really is, and it is my fault

I know nationalism. many forms of it. example: Scottish nationalism is... for the EU, while English nationalism seems to be against the EU

I also know globalization. but "globalism"? really, I am still waiting for someone that makes an explanation that my limited intelligence can grasp

Teja's picture

My theory is that there are actually two globalisms, two ways of thinking globally:

  • Enterprise globalism, with the goal to remove trade and financial barriers as much as possible, to improve their profit and minimize their taxes. Removing migration barriers might help, too, to lower wages locally
  • Ethical globalism - to care about people and nature globally, to fight against governments doing nothing while their people starve, to support movements fighting for freedom and development in their countries, to protect the climate which by its nature is a world-wide affair. To understand the world is one, indivisible.

The proponents of Enterprise globalism were able to capture parts of the Ethical globalism supporters by arguing that trade makes people richer everywhere, and that getting richer would automatically mean living an improved quality of life. And the anti-globalists, rejecting morally motivated actions if they restrict their "freedom" (like school bullies), jumped gladly on that train, merging Enterprise and Ethical globalism into a populist blend where you automatically support global corporations and their sinister plans for a World Government if you protect your National Parks or want to introduce speed limits in your quarter.

Capturing terms and turning them the way you need them, to make different ways of thinking impossible. Read about this in a book long ago, around 1984, I guess.

Suspecting that this would not be that new to you, though.

Bay of Pigs's picture

Globalism? Picture a boot stomping on the face of humanity.

Clear enough for you Ghordo?

Ghordius's picture

no, it just reinforces my prejudices. that of Americans looking at something that ends with -ism and coming up with that picture, period

sorry, the world is slightly more complicated then that, and trying to simplify that ends with boots on faces, too

Sandmann's picture

There is no "Scottish Nationalism" Ghordius. THe SNP is a Protestant Party around Glasgow which has picked up Catholic voters because they are sick of Labour corruption.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Well who saw this comin?...


"NO SHIT"!!!

Teja's picture

Her last name irritates me. Theresa may trigger the Brexit? Who says so? And why on March 29? Why not in May? Or better on February 29, that would have been one month earlier. Or April 1st, that would give her an exit clause from Brexit.

Ghordius's picture

the UK government says so

the date is chosen because we are going to have some low-key celebration for the EU's 60th birthday, and PM May is diplomatic enough to wait and trigger Brexit after that

Ghordius's picture

yes, your avatar is bullshit. or did you mean something else?

Innominate's picture

I'm afraid that it is your avatar that is "bullshit", my old man, for while there is no doubt that the pound will still exist 50 years hence, that certainty does not apply to the euro now that the precedent of Nations leaving the EU has been made. How many current EU members might leave in the next 50 years? How many euro-area members might tire of being looted by Germany and ditch the euro in the next 50 years? Will either the EU or euro still exist then? The answer is no longer a certain “yes”.
It'll suck if your pension is denominated in euros!

Teja's picture

IMHO, May would have been more fitting. Or April 1st.

BrownCoat's picture

The Treaty of Rome was signed on 25 March 1957 by Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and West Germany and came into force on 1 January 1958. -- Wikipedia

Sandmann's picture

Feb 29 comes around once every 4 years and the next one is 2020.

The Supreme Court required Parliament to pass a Bill which did not gain Royal Assent until March

SpanishGoop's picture

"although the detailed EU negotiating position is not expected to emerge until later in the spring."


We object  and our accountnumber for the €60bn divorce payment is ......



D. Tusk.


Ghordius's picture

funny, eh? that's the same Tusk that the UK gov voted for, in the EU Council

meanwhile, that number, 60bn, is contingent... on which funds the UK gov will wish to continue to contribute

and it's astonishing on how much EU stuff the EU gov does not want to be excluded from, in future. EurAtom, for example

note, meanwhile, that the UK and Germany just agreed on a new, more intense military cooperation deal

SpanishGoop's picture

We will see a whole lot of EU posturing in the coming time but it will propably end amicale.

For the EU it is time gained and can kicked.