Comments Share. We’ve had help answering this question from our friends at the Institute for Government.. Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty is the legal process for leaving the EU. On 23 June last year, the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union.

We’ve annotated the Article 50 text to explain the issues in full. A short paragraph in the Lisbon Treaty agreed by all EU member states in 2009, it sets out the steps a country needs to go through to withdraw from its treaty obligations. Triggering Article 50 gives the UK two years to negotiate a separation deal with the 27 other members of the EU. The most remarkable aspect of Brexit is the hardening of public and political opinion, on both sides. Whereas once parliament could unite to support the bill giving the government the power to invoke Article 50 by 498 votes to 114, now MPs cannot unite around … 29 March 2017, 12:00am. Wondering why there is such a fuss over Article 50, the so-called EU exit clause? Article 50 letter: full text. Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union sets the procedure for leaving the EU. Information about the Article 50 process and our negotiations for a new partnership with the European Union. The UK triggered Article 50 (following parliamentary approval) in March 2017, which set off a two-year countdown before we officially leave, on 29 March 2019. "Because Article 50 would nullify statutory rights, the law of the land is not nullified by a motion in Parliament. Brexit Brief: Article 50 Article 50 is the only legal mechanism for a member state of the European Union (EU) to leave. "A motion in Parliament cannot affect the legal issues in this case." Text settings. The answer is yes to both of these questions. It establishes a two-year negotiation period, after which the departing member state is no longer subject to the EU’s treaties. May has said she wants to fire the Brexit starting gun by … The UK triggered Article 50 on 29 March 2017, which means the …