Centrist Emmanuel Macron, a political unknown 3 years ago, has – according to projected results – claimed victory of Marine Le Pen with a majority of 65.5%, to Le Pen’s 34.5%, according to Kantar Public’s One Point-TF1-RTL.. This result makes Macron France’s youngest ever president, at 39 years of age.
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.
Prime Minister Theresa May is officially starting the process to leave the European Union by setting a date in which Article 50 will be submitted: Wednesday March 29th.
There have been a series of debates regarding the subject, with legal challenges derailing the process, along with various MPs blocking the Article 50 bill in Parliament. All of this, however, has caused Theresa May’s government to continue to persevere, and ultimately prepare – after it passed through Parliament – the date in which the process of leaving the EU will begin.
The SNP leader – Nicola Sturgeon – has announced that because of the Brexit process, it was innevitable that this would happen. The referendum will coincide with the apparent completion of the current negotiations between the UK and the EU.
Jean-Claude Juncker, the EU chief, has stated in a speech to the Belgian Federal Parliament that Brexit will not come “at a discount or at zero cost”, implying that the UK could have to pay the EU up to £51bn pounds after Brexit talks begin – this is to cover the amount Britian had agreed to spend, but will no longer do so as Britian will no longer be a member of the European Union.
The ex-Labour Prime Minister has called for the British public to rethink their choice of leaving the European Union – Brexit – because of the unsurity to the “true terms”that the Leave vote would lead to.
However, his claims that the people should “rise up” against Brexit, and the possible proposal of a second referendum have been deemed vastly undemocratic by party members, and critics alike, with Ian Duncan Smith – in an interview with Sky News – have the following to say about Tony Blair’s interference:
We all know that 2016 has been a chaotic year – to no exaggeration, either. This year has featured many shockwaves; including Brexit, and Trump’s presidency in the US, and has also been the year of celebrity deaths. People are looking forward to 2017 with a bated breath; could this year be as bad as 2016 was? Well, let’s remain hopeful and check the reasons reasons why 2017 could be the best year yet.