Event date: 30/10/2017

On 29 March 2017, Theresa MAY, British Prime Minister, triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.

The right of a Member State to withdraw from the European Union was introduced for the first time with the Lisbon Treaty; the possibility of withdrawal was highly controversial before that. The Article 50 provides for the negotiation of a withdrawal agreement between the EU and the withdrawing state, defining in particular the latter's future relationship with the Union. If no agreement is concluded within two years, that state's membership ends automatically, unless the European Council and the Member State concerned decide jointly to extend this period.

News history

Debate with EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier on progress made in the first four rounds of negotiations with the British government on the terms and conditions for the UK leaving the European Union followed by a vote.

The Committee on Employment and Social Affairs meets to look into the latest state of play and the next steps of the ongoing Brexit negotiations. The debate is held with Parliament’s Brexit Coordinator, Guy Verhofstadt, and focuses on topics that fall under the Committee’s remit.

Joint press conference following the activation of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty by Theresa MAY, British Prime Minister