The letter informing the EU that Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty would be triggered was delivered on Wednesday at 12:20 BST to the European Council president – Donald Tusk – by the British ambassador to the European Union, Sir Tim Barrow.
Inside the letter, to which the full text can be read here, courtesy of the BBC.
Theresa May states that “As I have said before, that decision was no rejection of the values we share as fellow Europeans. Nor was it an attempt to do harm to the European Union or any of the remaining member states. On the contrary, the United Kingdom wants the European Union to succeed and prosper.
Instead, the referendum was a vote to restore, as we see it, our national self-determination. We are leaving the European Union, but we are not leaving Europe – and we want to remain committed partners and allies to our friends across the continent.”
“I hereby notify the European Council in accordance with Article 50(2) of the Treaty on European Union of the United Kingdom’s intention to withdraw from the European Union.”
A full analysis of the text can be read here by Alex Forsyth – BBC’s political correspondent.
A few days after the vote, there has been relatively no change; except for the fact that Spain could possibly ‘veto’ a trade deal between the UK and the EU if it does not get a “say” over Gibraltar – which is a British Overseas Territory that claims British Sovereignty; this is a main issue that Spain has disputed, claiming ownership.
In a draft regarding Brexit negotiation guidelines, that are yet to be approved, the European Council has mentioned arragements regarding Gibralatar as one of its 26 key aspects, which has angered many MPs, who have warned that the sovereignty of Gibralatar is non-negotiable.