Theresa May is expected to issue an appeal to the country to unite as she formally launches the process for the UK to leave the European Union. It has been nine months after the conflict-ridden Brexit referendum was launched last June. May will be officially triggering Article 50 in a letter that will be hand delivered in Brussels.
She also expected to make a statement to MPs in the Commons pledging to get the right deal for everyone in the UK, that will also include the EU nationals in the UK. The majority of Brexit-supporting Conservative MPs have started celebrating. The historic day of triggering of Article 50 will have a business-like theme.
Tory MPs have been discouraged from holding Article 50 parties. However, majority intend to defy the request by celebrating as soon as the PM has finished answering questions on her statement. The Whitehall is experiencing mixed emotions as moods of excitement and anticipation take toll. A senior government described the mood of triggering Article 50 by comparing it with Christmas Eve.
The letter invoking Article 50 will be personally delivered by Britain's EU ambassador Sir Tim Barrow to European Council president Donald Tusk.
Mrs. May briefed senior ministers at a Cabinet meeting. She will also highlight her ambitions for Brexit in the Commons.
The PM is expected to point out how she will negotiate and represent every person in the United Kingdom when she sits around the negotiating table months ahead. She will pledge that its her fierce determination to get the right deal for every single person the UK. The Brexit negotiations will now get under way and they could last two years.
Jeremy Corbyn, who is the Labour leader will be expected to respond to the PM’s statement. He made a statement ahead of the major event saying that his party would hold the Government to account all the way.
He claimed that the conservatives want to use Brexit to turn the U.K into a low wage tax haven. The UKIP leader Paul Nuttall claimed his party would be the guard dogs of Brexit. Nuttall also promised to hold the government accountable and ensure that there’s no regressing.