UK Prime Minister, Theresa May has signed the Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty letter which will be delivered to European Council president Donald Tusk later to kick-start the Brexit process that will see Britain leave the European Union in two years’ time.
The UK voted to withdraw from the EU in a highly controversial and contested referendum in June 2016 but formal withdrawal proceedings cannot begin until the Prime Minister officially informs Europe that the government is triggering Article 50.
Mrs May’s letter will be delivered at 12:20 BST on Wednesday by the British ambassador to the EU, Sir Tim Barrow.
The Prime Minsiter is also set to make a statement to MPs confirming the countdown to the UK’s departure from the EU is under way.
That is expected to happen at 1.30 p.m. Wednesday (7.30 a.m ET) in Brussels, when Tim Barrow, the UK’s permanent representative to the EU, delivers a letter of notification to European Council President Donald Tusk.