UK to begin formal Brexit process
Prime Minister Theresa May has signed and sent off an official notice under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to European Council president Donald Tusk, to trigger the formal Brexit process. British ambassador to the EU, Sir Tim Barrow will deliver the notice to the EU today. May promised to "represent every person in the whole UK", including the fate of EU-nationals, during negotiations.
About the European Union and Britain
The 1952 European Coal and Steel Community Treaty and 1957 Treaty of Rome laid the foundation for 'European Union'. Britain joined the bloc in 1973; the 1993 Maastricht Treaty created EU. Facing several issues, Britain wanted to exit EU. After failed renegotiations of EU-Britain ties, the then-British PM David Cameron announced that a referendum on Brexit (Britain's Exit) would be held in Jun'16.
Theresa May succeeds PM David Cameron
In Feb'16, PM Cameron officially announced the Brexit referendum would take place on 23 Jun'16. Britons had voted to leave the European Union in the referendum; 51.5% of the Britons voted for Brexit, while 48.5% to remain. After the referendum, PM Cameron resigned on 24 Jun'16; Home Secretary Theresa May assumed office, succeeding Cameron on 13 Jul'16 after a tight race for the post.
UK PM Theresa May to discuss post-Brexit ties with EU
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Theresa May would reportedly convey to the EU that it is time to discuss the bloc's future ties with Britain post-Brexit. She would outline her approach to the ties with the remaining 27 leaders during a dinner at an EU summit in Brussels. She would also dispel suggestions that Britain could hold another referendum to reverse Brexit.
Statement of an anonymous official in May's office
"The British people have made a decision, and it's right and proper that the decision is honored. There will be no second referendum. The priority now has got to be looking to the future and the relationship between the UK and the EU."
UK House of Commons passes Brexit bill
The House of Commons in the UK passed the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill by 494 votes to 122, allowing Theresa May to trigger article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to start the Brexit process. Now, the bill has to be approved by the House of Lords. Even after article 50 is triggered, it will be until 2019 before Brexit is complete.
Parliament clears way for Brexit bill
The parliament has paved the way for the UK to trigger Article 50 of Lisbon Treaty and begin the Brexit process after passing Brexit bill. The bill will get royal ascent to become a law. The Brexit process can formally begin after the bill becomes a law. Meanwhile, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced her intention to hold a referendum on Scottish independence.