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Brexit will officially begin on March 29by Circa News
Global News

The United Kingdom will invoke the European Union's Article 50 on March 29, formally beginning its removal from the EU.

Sir Tim Barrow, the nation's permanent representative to the EU, said Monday the nation planned to invoke Article 50. If all goes according to schedule, the United Kingdom will no longer be in the EU by March 2019.

"We have been informed in advance. We are are ready to begin negotiations," European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said.

However, Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon argued its pending referendum to leave the U.K. should happen before Article 50 is revoked. Scotland voted heavily to remain in the European Union. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.