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Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union – Q&A and Timeline

What is Article 50? Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union sets out the procedure for a Member State to withdraw from the European Union, if it should wish to do so. It was first introduced by the Lisbon Treaty in 2007. How does a Member State trigger Article 50? A Member State must notify the European Council of its intention to leave. There are no particular requirements regarding the form. What happens once Article 50 has been triggered? The withdrawal agreement must...
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Brexit News: British PM May Calls for Early Election to Strengthen Brexit Hand

  By Elizabeth Piper, Kylie MacLellan and William James | LONDON British Prime Minister Theresa May called on Tuesday for an early election on June 8, saying she needed to strengthen her hand in divorce talks with the European Union by bolstering support for her Brexit plan. Standing outside her Downing Street office, May said she had been reluctant to ask parliament to back her move to bring forward the poll from 2020. But, after thinking "long and hard" during a walking...
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Europe Is Still a Superpower

Europe Is Not Only Still a Superpower: it's going to remain one for decades to come. By Andrew Moravcsik | Foreign Policy Magazine | April 13, 2017 Sixty years after the Treaty of Rome, many view Europe as a spent force in global politics. Conventional wisdom states that world politics today is unipolar, with the United States as the sole superpower. Or perhaps it is multipolar, with China, India, and the rest rising to challenge Western powers. Either way, Europe’s role...
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Strasbourg Plenary Highlights: Brexit Priorities, Medical Devices, Car Emissions

MEPs overwhelmingly approved a resolution setting out European Parliament's priorities for the negotiations concerning the UK's withdrawal from the EU during this week's plenary session in Strasbourg. In addition MEPs urged European authorities to establish new checks to prevent car emissions fraud and also approved stricter rules to ensure the safety of medical devices as well as plans to enable more flexibility regarding the EU's long-term budget. Brexit Any Brexit agreement will require Parliament's approval before it can enter into force....
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Brexit Begins: MEPs Agree on Key Conditions for Approving UK Withdrawal Agreement

An overwhelming majority of the house (516 votes in favour, 133 against, with 50 abstentions) adopted a resolution officially laying down the European Parliament’s key principles and conditions for its approval of the UK's withdrawal agreement. Any such agreement at the end of UK-EU negotiations will need to win the approval of the European Parliament. MEPs stress the importance of securing equal and fair treatment for EU citizens living in the UK and British citizens living in the EU. They...
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Statement by the European Council (Art. 50) on the UK notification

Today, the European Council received a letter from the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, notifying the United Kingdom’s intention to leave the European Union. This notification follows the referendum of 23 June 2016 and starts the withdrawal process under Article 50 of the Treaty. We regret that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union, but we are ready for the process that we now will have to follow. For the European Union, the first step will now be the...
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Brexit – Triggering Article 50

The UK Prime Minister will, under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, notify the European Council of the UK's intention to leave the EU. A Member State leaving the EU is unprecedented. However, at one level, nothing changes legally upon the triggering of Article 50. The UK is still bound by EU law, so legally it is “business as usual”. In reality, the hard negotiations start now. This update addresses some of the key questions facing businesses today – What is...

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