LONDON - British Prime Minister Theresa May said March 29 on behalf of her country official EU membership. That is more than nine months after the UK population had chosen to leave the European Union. Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon sets out the rules of a retirement.
The formal notification will also begin the process of negotiating the separation conditions. The European Council shall adopt directives, and the European Commission proposes to open negotiations. Which may take up to two years, after retirement is a fact, whether there is an agreement. This period may be extended in theory, provided that the 27 other Member unanimous consent.
In addition to the retirement conditions, the future (trade) relations of the United Kingdom with the EU, an important part of the negotiations. The agreement is concluded must be approved by a large majority of the 27 member states and the European Parliament. If the British at a later stage to be back EU membership, they need to walk the entire toetredingspad.