The UK Government has written to the President of the European Council to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty beginning the process of the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union (EU).

By invoking Article 50, the UK Government has embarked on a two year process in which the terms on which the UK will leave the EU will be negotiated. Unless there is unanimous agreement amongst the 27 remaining members of the EU, to extend the deadline, the UK will leave the EU on Friday 29th March 2019.

In her letter, the Prime Minister indicates that a White Paper will be published, outlining the UK Government’s proposals for repealing the European Communities Act and translating existing EU law into UK statute. The UK Parliament will then, in due course, be able to amend or repeal whichever parts of those laws it wishes.

The text of the Prime Minister’s letter to the President of the European Council can be found here.