Theresa May, the Prime Minister of Great Britain has announced March 29 as the day to trigger Article 50.
The countdown to the start of the two-year Brexit Negotiations will commence in eight days’ time.
The British Ambassador to the EU Sir Tim Barrow has already informed officials in Brussels about his Government’s decision to continue with the Brexit negotiations.
Here is what the Brexit Secretary had to say about the Brexit negotiations and triggering of Article 50.
“Next Wednesday, the Government will deliver on that decision and formally start the process by triggering Article 50. We are on the threshold of the most important negotiation for this country for a generation. 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 EU.”
The Royal Assent to Trigger Article 50
The Queen of England, Elizabeth II gave her Royal Assent to the British Prime Minister a few days ago to continue with the Brexit negotiations. The Royal Assent was considered mandatory for the UK government, taking her majesty onboard about the significant decision impacting the United Kingdom.
Parliament’s Approval to Trigger Article 50
The British Prime Minister already got the consent of the British Parliament to trigger Article 50. The assent by British Parliament gives the British Prime Minister legal authority to go ahead with the Brexit negotiations.
Brexit and Scottish Independence
Scotland had a lot of financial and economic benefits by remaining in the EU. The Brexit has created serious problems for the Scotland. Scotland recently had a survey on whether it should get independence, and it received an overwhelming percentage of Yes votes.
The new vote has enabled Scotland to know the popular opinion of the public about its intentions moving forward. Scotland, in its current state, cannot negotiate with the EU to remain in the European Union, despite its willingness to do so.
The independence of Scotland will enable it to realize its full potential. Scotland, if able to gain independence, will be able to decide if it wants to remain in the EU or not. It can also then negotiate its terms instead of the UK negotiating on its behalf.
The EU has become a bone of contention between Scotland and UK. The UK Prime Minister Theresa May has already said that it is not the right time for Scotland to ask for independence. However, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon wants a second Scottish independence referendum before the end of the Brexit negotiations.