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Article 50: What next?

21 March 2017






Nine months after the shock EU Referendum “Leave” decision, the result of the vote is finally being put into action. Having set herself a deadline of the end of March 2017 to make the formal notification necessary to commence leaving the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May has now opted to do so.

Thus, the UK officially begins the process of leaving the European Union.

In a process characterised by uncertainty, in some ways the formal notification of intent to leave will not make matters much clearer. The substance of future relations will be determined by two years of negotiations - and potentially a much longer period of readjustment and reconsideration.

However, the notification will send the message to those initially unconvinced by the referendum result that the UK Government does indeed intend to see the departure through. From former Prime Minister David Cameron’s refusal to invoke the treaty article immediately onward, a core of Remain supporters had insisted that it should be possible to disregard the result and head off the dangers they perceived.

Now, though, the process becomes a reality, and EU leaders will convene to determine their negotiating approach before the two sides embark upon a historically unprecedented international divorce, with myriad competing interests on both sides.

To mark this unique Brexit milestone, DeHavilland's Article 50 Trigger Briefing sets out what we know so far:

Timescale and Process

When does the UK actually leave the EU? - How will the talks begin? - Scope of Negotiations - What will the role of the UK Parliament be in the process? Whose approval is needed for a future deal?

Key Figures - UK

Department for Exiting the EU (Brexit Secretary David Davis, Permanent Secretary) - UKREP (UK Deputy Permanent Representative, Director General for the UK-EU Partnership)

Key Figures - EU

European Council (Head of Special Task Force on the UK) - European Commission (Chief Negotiator) - European Parliament (Chief Negotiator)

Key issues

Exit Bill - Financial Services - Status of EU nationals in the UK and UK nationals in the EU - Irish Border and Common Travel Area - Key EU Agencies

Stumbling Blocks

EU National Elections - Scottish Independence

The Big Questions

Whose position is stronger? - Can the UK change its mind? - What happens if no deal is made?

Be first to read our in-depth briefing

DeHavilland's Article 50 trigger briefing will be published on 29 March. Click here to download the briefing now.

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