British Prime Minister Theresa May has officially triggered Article 50. May signed a letter Tuesday, which, will be delivered to European Council President Donald Tusk Wednesday. Article 50 refers to the section of the Lisbon Treaty that will allow the United Kingdom (U.K.) to officially leave the European Union.
May will then make a statement to MP’s telling them this is a moment for unity. “For, as we face the opportunities ahead of us on this momentous journey, our shared values, interests and ambitions can-and must- bring us together,” she said according to the BBC. May will also promise to “represent every person in the whole United Kingdom.”
Triggering Article 50 will set off a two year negotiation process. Negotiations are not expected to begin before May, 2017.
Scottish Parliament Votes for Referendum
In a 69-59 result Scotland’s Parliament voted in favour of another independence referendum Tuesday. “We know that Brexit threatens a hugely damaging and uncertain future for Scotland,” Sturgeon said. Scotland voted 62% against leaving the E.U. The next step is to seek the consent of the British parliament in Westminster.
Northern Ireland has voiced its wishes to remain a part of the European Union. Brexit Secretary David Davis has said they could do so, only as an independent country or part of a member state. Some analysts speculate this could lead the reunification with the south.