Once the UK government triggers Article 50, the other EU member states have to co-ordinate and agree on a common position, as all the negotiating on the European side will be done through the European Commission. It is expected that reaching an agreement will take until early May, partly because of the timing of the French Presidential election in late April and early May.
Their guidelines will then be passed to the European Commission, which will hammer out a detailed negotiating mandate. This will take a few more weeks. Negotiations are therefore unlikely to start until early June.View all facts