Article 50 – What is it and why is it significant?
Article 50 is the article that will mean the UK leaves the EU. It is a one page agreement for all EU member states.
Over the next couple of years, Theresa May and the government will negotiate with several world leaders about Britain and it’s exit with the European Union (Brexit). They will have to come up with many trade agreements and new laws that will be put in place instead of our current EU laws. EU law makes up 13% of our current laws and plays a part in 62%. The UK is scheduled to leave the EU in April 2018 which could change the way we travel, work and trade.
Here is an explanation of the article that decides the requirement to leave the EU.
The first point in the article expresses that any member state of the European Union which decides to withdraw does so with it’s own constitutional requirements and that secondly any members state that wishes to leave shall notify the European Council of its intention.
Thirdly, the treaty will cease to apply to the state in question 2 years after the notification to leave the European Union is sent.
Finally, a majority vote must be defined in accordance with the Article 238 which states “The qualified majority shall be defined as at least 72% of the members of the Council, representing Member States comprising at least 65% of the population of the Union.”
Once Article 50 is put in place it can not be stopped, extended unless by unanimous consent and any deal must be decided by a majority vote. The UK will not take part in any internal EU discussions in the period after the article has been invoked.
The Conservative party predicts this article will be triggered by Theresa May before the end of March 2017.
Here we have an interview with a few members from the general public about what they think about Brexit and Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.
by Ben and Jack – Correspodents for the General News section