Government triggers Article 50 and begins UK's departure from European Union

On Wednesday 29th March,  the United Kingdom’s Permanent Representative to the EU handed a letter to President of the European Council on behalf of the Prime Minister, Theresa May MP, confirming the government’s decision to invoke Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. 

Richard Harrington, Member of Parliament of Watford, said: 

"Today is a historic day, Britain will formally tell the EU it is leaving after 44 years of membership.

As many of you know, I voted to remain in the European Union. But today we have to put these divisions behind us, come together and focus on getting the best possible deal for a global Britain.

The British people have had their say and voted to change our country for the future, and I respect that entirely. I believe in our democracy but more importantly I believe in our country, and I am convinced that the United Kingdom will emerge from Brexit with a stronger, fairer economy that works for everyone.

Our Prime Minister Theresa May has demonstrated that she is the right person for the job, while the opposition have proven that they can’t be trusted. It’s because of my belief in the Prime Minister that I know we can make a success of this. 

The Government has set out its plan for Britain, to develop a new, positive and constructive partnership between Britain and the European Union. We will take back control of our laws and borders, while protecting workers rights and the rights of EU nationals in this country. Where possible, we will pursue free trade agreements and we want to continue to collaborate in scientific innovation and security.

The objectives that the Prime Minister has set out are clear but the final deal that is agreed between the UK and the EU will be put to a vote in both Houses of Parliament before it comes into force. 

Regardless of how we voted in the referendum, we all want the same thing, to see a Britain that is stronger than it is today and I’m confident that we can achieve this."