Despite of the result on the UK early elections, London can not unilaterally withdraw its notification of activation of Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union (EU), explained the European Commission (EC) spokeswoman Mina Andreeva. If the election are won by the party that is opposed to leaving the EU, it will need the approval of the other 27 members of the community to withdraw its application.
Theresa May informed the EU by letter to European Council President Donald Tusk about the country’s desire to leave the community. The letter was sent on March 29. The expectations are that negotiations are likely to begin after the early elections in the country scheduled for early June will last for at least two years.
Mina Andreeva also announced the upcoming meeting between EC President Jean-Claude Juncker and British Prime Minister Theresa May, which is in London on April 26. Juncker will travel to the British capital with Brexit’s chief negotiator on the subject, Michel Barnier. The main topic will be the negotiations on the UK’s exit from the EU.
The rights of European citizens in the UK and British in the EU after Brexit will be at the heart of the negotiations, it was clear from the comments of the Commission spokesman. Juncker will be in London at Theresa May’s invitation and no meetings with opposition leaders are planned, Andreeva said.