Britain has said it will on Monday trigger Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty to facilitate its exit from the European Union on March 29.
Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman said, “The UK’s permanent representative to the EU informed the office of (European Union President) Donald Tusk that it’s the UK’s intention to trigger Article 50 on March 29.”
The spokesman said May would notify Tusk in writing and then give a speech to the British parliament.
“We want negotiations to start promptly,” he said.
Britain’s Brexit minister David Davis said in a statement that Britons had approved a “historic decision” to leave the EU after four decades of membership.
“Next Wednesday, the government will deliver on that decision and formally start the process by triggering Article 50,” he said.
“We are on the threshold of the most important negotiation for this country for a generation.”
Britain had in June voted in a referendum by a 52 percent majority to leave the EU.
European Union chief negotiator, Michel Barnier said it was ready for the Brexit process.