The British government has said it will trigger Article 50, formally starting the process of leaving the European Union, on March 29.
The move will start the clock ticking on a two-year countdown to Brexit and allow negotiations to start between London and Brussels in the coming weeks.
By the end of next week, after he has received Prime Minister Theresa May’s letter, European Council President Donald Tusk should have distributed draft guidelines for the negotiations to the 27 other national governments.
Britain’s Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis said:
“We are on the threshold of the most important negotiation for this country for a generation.”