by Gbenga Gbelee
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Theresa May has commenced the
formal, two-year process of negotiations which will lead to Britain exiting the
European Union (EU).
Late on Tuesday, a photograph was released of her signing a letter invoking
Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and officially notifying the European Union EU
of Britain's decision to withdraw from the bloc after more than 40 years in a
process tagged Brexit.
The letter is to be delivered by hand to the European Council President Donald
Tusk in Brussels by the British Ambassador to the European Union; Tim
Barrow and copies are to be sent to the other twenty-seven EU member states.
In a speech to the British parliament designed to coincide with the letter's
delivery, Theresa May will urge the country to come together as it embarks on
what she called as a momentous journey.
She described the European Union as one great union of people and nations
with a proud history and a bright future.
Theresa May will tell the British Parliamentarians that she wants to represent
every UK citizen including EU nationals, in negotiations.
Britain voted to leave the EU last June, after a campaign that divided the
country. In a close result, 52 percent voted for Brexit, while 48 percent wanted
to stay in the EuropeanUnion.
Scotland and Northern Ireland voted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU,
while England and Wales, with a much larger combined population, voted to
May spoke to key figures in the Eupopean Union late on Tuesday including
Tusk, German Chancellor, Angela Merkel and European Commission President
,Jean-Claude Juncker with a view to ensuring that Britain remain close and
committed ally with their countries.