Great Britain is now formally out of the EU!


Today, the British Prime Minister has formally asked for Great Britain’s withdrawal from the EU by activating the so-called article 50 procedures in the EU treaty.


With the formal request to withdraw from the EU beginning, the real negotiation process where the EU and Great Britain need to agree to the terms to leave the EU, as well as determining what future relations between Great Britain and EU will be has begun. The result of this negotiation will extend over the next two years. Therefore, the negotiation process will be of great importance for Great Britain and the EU’s member countries.

The Parliament and Brexit

From the Danish perspective, there is of course a focus on the negotiations, especially concerning Danish interests, as well as what is at stake for our relationship with Great Britain. To ensure that Parliament can follow the negotiation process closely, it has created a Brexit expert monitoring group with members from the Parliament’s European Affairs and Foreign Policy Board.

The expert monitoring group will focus on:

  • Meeting with central actors in Brussels
  • Having an open dialogue with the Danish government
  • Meeting with central actors in other EU countries, including Ireland
  • Meeting with Danish actors with significant interest in games
  • Maintaining contact with other national parliaments that share similar initiatives

The group has already been to Brussels to speak with central actors in the Brexit negotiations, including the European Commission chief negotiator Michel Barnier.


The Parliament’s Brexit Expert Monitoring Group

he Expert Monitoring Group consists of 22 members that come from the Parliament’s European Affairs and the Foreign Policy Board.

The Expert Monitoring Group visited Brussels on March 23rd, 2017, and spoke with various actors about the Brexit process. Here you see members of the group with Maired McGuiness, an Irish member of the European Parliament.

The EU Treaty’s article 50 is the basis for withdrawal negotiations between the Great Britain and EU. It was, however, first with the Lisbon Treaty, which came into force in December 2009 that established an actual procedure for member countries that would like to leave the EU.

Formal British request to withdraw from the EU

The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, asked in a formal letter on March 29th, 2017, the firm chairman for EU, Donald Tus, about Great Britain’s withdrawal from the EU. It is certain that the withdrawal procedure in the EU Treaty article 50 has begun.

Article 50: Voluntary Withdrawal from the Union

1.   Any Member State may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements.

2.   A Member State which decides to withdraw shall notify the European Council of its intention. In the light of the guidelines provided by the European Council, the Union shall negotiate and conclude an agreement with that State, setting out the arrangements for its withdrawal, taking account of the framework for its future relationship with the Union. That agreement shall be negotiated in accordance with Article 218(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. It shall be concluded on behalf of the Union by the Council, acting by a qualified majority, after obtaining the consent of the European Parliament.

3.   The Treaties shall cease to apply to the State in question from the date of entry into force of the withdrawal agreement or, failing that, two years after the notification referred to in paragraph 2, unless the European Council, in agreement with the Member State concerned, unanimously decides to extend this period.

4.   For the purposes of paragraphs 2 and 3, the member of the European Council or of the Council representing the withdrawing Member State shall not participate in the discussions of the European Council or Council or in decisions concerning it.A qualified majority shall be defined in accordance with Article 238(3)(b) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

5.   If a State which has withdrawn from the Union asks to rejoin, its request shall be subject to the procedure referred to in Article 49.

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