Has the United Kingdom already triggered Article 50?

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Michael Richards

Dear European Council,

Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I am requesting documents which contain the following information:

I note that the European Council held a meeting on 28 June 2016 at which the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom was present. The Conclusions at EUCO 26/16 state that the UK Prime Minister informed the European Council about the outcome of the referendum in the UK.

Do you agree that the above notification by the UK Prime Minister represents a notification to the European Council under paragraph 2 of Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union of the UK's intention to withdraw from the Union? Do you have documents where this point is discussed or considered?

Yours faithfully,

Michael Richards

Postmaster Consilium, European Council

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Abdul Hai left an annotation ()

This article says that the Prime Minister does not plan to trigger it this year.


Michael Richards left an annotation ()

In my opinion, the EU Referendum held on 23 June 2016 was part of the machinery of the UK's constitution. It was legislated for by the European Union Referendum Act 2015 which was passed by both Houses of Parliament and was signed off by the Queen (or someone acting under her command).

Furthermore Prime Minister Theresa May has made it clear that 'Brexit means Brexit' and that it would be unconscionable to go against the will of the people by blocking the process for withdrawal from the EU. The Government's position is also that Parliamentary approval to trigger Article 50 is not required (due to the royal prerogative).

The fact that Prime Minister David Cameron informed (is this different to 'notified'?) the European Council of the Referendum result should in my view be enough to trigger Article 50.

Abdul Hai left an annotation ()

A formal letter has to be sent. It is no good saying so.

Also the European Communities Act will have to be repealed.

Abdul Hai left an annotation ()

Michael it seems that Juncker and the others in Europe are no longer thinking that article 50 will never be triggered. They have got a hardliner. What to see what Merkel does.