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UK Triggers Brexit Process

March 29, 2017, Covington Alert

Today, the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, formally triggered the process of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU (“Brexit”) by invoking Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. This is the first time an EU Member State has used the Article 50 mechanism. This marks the beginning of the two-year period in which an arrangement for Brexit must be agreed and finalized. If no agreement is reached—and if there is no unanimous agreement among all other EU Member States to extend the two-year period—the UK will cease to be a member of the EU with no replacement or transitional arrangement in place. The letter triggering Article 50 has been described by Prime Minister May as “one of the most important documents in [the UK’s] recent history and will start to deliver the result of the referendum and set the tone for [the UK’s] new relationship with Europe and the world.”

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