EU Presidents push for Article 50

Since Theresa May announced that Article 50 would be invoked by the end of March 2017, GBP/EUR has fallen by 4 cents. She had been hoping for discussions and negotiations with other EU Leaders before beginning the legal process of leaving the EU, but it has been made very clear that this will not be possible, with Leaders following the EU Mantra ‘no negotiation before notification’.

French President Francois Hollande and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker have both stood by this motto, and are refusing to enter into any negotiations until Article 50 is triggered, endorsing the term ‘Hard Brexit’ – where the UK completely removes itself from the Single Market.

The British Government has announced that a second referendum would be an unacceptable way of moving forward, but that they would be debating and scrutinising the entire ongoing process. Theresa May is still standing by her expectation of guaranteeing the rights of EU citizens already living in Britain, so long as UK citizens living in EU countries are looked after in the same way. This has been an ongoing concern for May, something which she appears to be taking very seriously.

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