About nine months after the shock Brexit referendum that saw the United Kingdom vote to leave the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May will officially notify the EU of the their intention to leave on Wednesday, March 29.
Britain triggers Art.50 to start negotiations on Brexit on March 29 2017 amid early wild rumours than an early general election could even be called on May 4, 2017, 3 years prior to the fixed Parliament date.
A spokesperson for the Prime Minister said an official notification would be sent by letter to the EU's 27 other members, The Guardian reports.
Talks on the terms of Britain's exit from the European Union, and how the two sides will handle relations afterward, must be completed within two years.
"We are going to be out there, negotiating hard, delivering on what the British people voted for", May said on Monday.
Britain's permanent representative to the EU, Tim Barrow, informed the European Council President Donald Tusk of the timing on Monday morning, the U.K.'s Department for Exiting the European Union said in a statement. She circled "by the end of March".
"Everything is ready on this side", Margaritis Schinas, the spokesman for European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker, told a briefing.
The move comes at a time when the EU is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome, which led to the establishment of the European Economic Community in 1957.
May has already been fiercely criticized by Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who has demanded a second referendum on Scottish independence.
May's plan to withdraw Britain from Europe's single market has also provoked concern in Northern Ireland, by raising the prospect of the return of customs posts with European Union member Ireland to the south.