Article 50 will be triggered on March 29

A third of European firms to cut investment due to Brexit

A third of European firms to cut investment due to Brexit

"The German auto industry said we don't want any disruption of trade".

The UK is seen as demanding.

Stephen Gethins, the SNP's Europe spokesman, said: "Today's announcement that the Prime Minister will push ahead and unilaterally trigger Article 50 shatters beyond fix any notion or position that the Prime Minister is seeking a UK-wide agreement".

While May says "no deal for Britain is better than a bad deal for Britain", quitting the bloc without a pact or more time to negotiate one would leave the country exposed to World Trade Organisation tariffs, putting duties of around 10 per cent on vehicle exports alone. "I am afraid that bonhomie has evaporated", Dance said.

As the Prime Minister visited the country this morning ahead of triggering Article 50, Ms Wood told the BBC that "all options should be on the table".

"There is no queue to join the European Union and we have had several voices over recent times saying that if Scotland wanted to be in the EU then there would be a very open warm reception for that", Sturgeon told Sky News. "That's why we believe the people should have the final say over the Conservative Brexit deal". "They did not want to give that away".

Britain's government says it will trigger Article 50, signalling Britain's departure from the European Union, on March 29. By contrast, officials in Brussels were concerned the United Kingdom would sidestep the clause - a principal reason for the EU's uncompromising mantra of "no negotiation without notification". The EU's chief negotiator is Michel Barnier.

Jean-Claude Juncker thinks Brexit is a bad idea. "We are ready to begin negotiations". "Keep calm and negotiate".

The EU has yet to set a date for a summit to respond to Britain's notice of withdrawal but it should be between four and six weeks after March 29, an EU source said on Monday.

But here's the thing.

The letter May sends next week will plunge Britain into a period of intense uncertainty.

As Dance put it: "The duration of that trade agreement will exceed the life of the current Parliament, and might exceed the life of the next as well".

"It is also extraordinary that the prime minister has failed to provide any certainty about her plans for Brexit or to prepare for the clear dangers of not reaching a deal with the EU". These include getting a good free trade deal. The UK now shares regulations with the rest of the UK, so this should speed up the process.

The deal would have to be agreed by all the EU's national and some regional parliaments. In October, the rebellious Belgian region of Wallonia almost destroyed Ceta. The Belgian capital of Brussels is expected to play host to most of the talks between European Union and United Kingdom officials.

Still, signs are emerging that consumer spending-the engine of the British economy-is starting to slow as the pound's 17% decline since the 23 June referendum drives up inflation.

May will soon be working against the clock.

So what do we look out for as article 50 is triggered and in the immediate aftermath?

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