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30 March 2017 - Theresa May Triggers Article 50

British Prime Minister Theresa May triggers Brexit
Jane Onyanga-Omara (USA Today, 29/03/2017)

Britain’s long-awaited divorce from the European Union formally began Wednesday.

Tim Barrow, the United Kingdom's ambassador to the EU, delivered the Brexit notification letter to European Council President Donald Tusk. Tusk will respond within 48 hours.

Prime Minister Theresa May told Parliament she has invoked Article 50, the legislation that triggers Brexit.

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The Letter
 
Theresa May’s Letter Invoking Article 50
(The New York Times, 29/03/2017)
 
Dear President Tusk,

On 23 June last year, the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. As I have said before, that decision was no rejection of the values we share as fellow Europeans. Nor was it an attempt to do harm to the European Union or any of the remaining member states. On the contrary, the United Kingdom wants the European Union to succeed and prosper. Instead, the referendum was a vote to restore, as we see it, our national self-determination. We are leaving the European Union, but we are not leaving Europe — and we want to remain committed partners and allies to our friends across the continent.

Earlier this month, the United Kingdom Parliament confirmed the result of the referendum by voting with clear and convincing majorities in both of its Houses for the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill. The Bill was passed by Parliament on 13 March and it received Royal Assent from Her Majesty The Queen and became an Act of Parliament on 16 March.

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European Audience
 
The Guardian view on leaving Europe: ending a marriage of inconvenience
Editorial (The Guardian 29/03/2017)

Britain’s departure from the European Union, one of the largest economic powers in the world, is a historic and needless act of political folly, the consequences of which will shape this country and our neighbours for years to come. But now it is happening. It is thus the country’s fourth big geopolitical shift since 1945. First we withdrew from empire, begining with India in 1947. The second was joining what was then the European Economic Community in 1973. The third was the ending of the cold war between 1989 and 1991. They changed the world in ways no one could predict and we are still living today with the results. An abrupt severance from Europe without any transitional link to our nearest neighbours, with whom there are bonds of common endeavour, could still result in chaos. This would place at risk not only our prosperity and security but also deal a blow to the multilateral architecture that could presage a more volatile global era.

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Reviewing Regulations

Brexit is a golden chance to throw some EU regulations on a bonfire
Telegraph View (The Telegraph, 28/03/2017)

Tomorrow, Britain triggers Article 50. This will put us on a course out of the European Union and into the wider world. But what type of country do we wish to be at the end of that journey? The Brexit process is about reclaiming sovereignty, but it must also be about reforming the state. Many people voted for Leave because they are sick and tired of EU rules governing their lives and their businesses. Now the Government says that after it has repatriated laws and navigated Brexit, it will also try to get rid of as many regulations as possible. That is an excellent ambition. This newspaper will stubbornly pressure them to achieve it.

After all, how many times before have we been promised a bonfire of regulations? In the past, politicians could blame failure to reform on EU membership. They had a point. During the referendum campaign, Remain said that the scale of European regulation was over-estimated. Now that claim looks ridiculous. The House of Commons estimates that ministers could have to import 19,000 EU rules and regulations into the statute book. Never has the country had such a marvellous opportunity to ask itself what on Earth these rules are for and which ones can go.

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