EU to react within 48 hours after Britain triggers Article 50: Tusk

March 20, 2017



BRUSSELS- The European Union (EU) will unveil its guidelines on Brexit in 48 hours once Britain fires the starting gun to leave the bloc, European Council President Donald Tusk said on Monday. 

"Within 48 hours of the UK triggering Article 50, I will present the draft Brexit guidelines to the EU27 Member States," Tusk tweeted. 

His tweet came on the heels of British government's announcement that Prime Minister Theresa May is going to trigger the Article 50 on March 29, formally starting the country's exit from the EU. 

The move, which comes nine months after a referendum, will officially start the two year process of negotiations about Britain's EU exit. 

The spokesman said that Britain's Ambassador to the EU Tim Barrow informed the European Council earlier on Monday that Article 50 would be triggered next Wednesday. 

May is expected to make a statement to the House of Commons shortly after invoking the Article 50. 

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