Nine months after the divisive Brexit referendum last June, the Prime Minister will officially trigger Article 50 in a letter that will be hand delivered in Brussels.
At the same time, in a statement to MPs in the Commons, she will pledge to get the right deal for everyone in the UK, including EU nationals living in this country.
“We are one great union of people and nations with a proud history and a bright future,” she will say.
“And, now that the decision has been made to leave the EU, it is time to come together.”
While the Prime Minister’s approach on the historic day of the triggering of Article 50 will be typically business-like, many Brexit-supporting Conservative MPs are in a mood to celebrate.
Although Tory MPs have been discouraged from holding Article 50 parties, many are preparing to defy the plea and begin celebrating immediately after the PM has finished answering questions on her statement.
There is also a mood of anticipation and excitement in Whitehall. One senior government source, describing the mood ahead of triggering Article 50, said: “It’s like Christmas Eve”.
The letter invoking Article 50, signed personally by the PM, will be delivered to European Council president Donald Tusk by Britain’s EU ambassador Sir Tim Barrow at around 12.30pm UK time.
At the same moment in the Commons – and immediately after the regular weekly PMQs – Mrs May will rise to set out her ambitions for Brexit, having earlier briefed senior ministers at a Cabinet meeting at 8am.
In her Commons statement, she will say: “When I sit around the negotiating table in the months ahead, I will represent every person in the whole United Kingdom – young and old, rich and poor, city, town, country and all the villages and hamlets in between.”
And, significantly, after strong pressure from MPs in recent months, she will add: “And yes, those EU nationals who have made this country their home.”
On the Brexit negotiations, which will now get under way and could last two years, she will pledge: “It is my fierce determination to get the right deal for every single person in this country.
“For, as we face the opportunities ahead of us on this momentous journey, our shared values, interests and ambitions can – and must – bring us together.
“We all want to see a Britain that is stronger than it is today. We all want a country that is fairer so that everyone has the chance to succeed.
“We all want a nation that is safe and secure for our children and grandchildren. We all want to live in a truly global Britain that gets out and builds relationships with old friends and new allies around the world.
“These are the ambitions of this Government’s Plan for Britain. Ambitions that unite us, so that we are no longer defined by the vote we cast, but by our determination to make a success of the result.”…Read More & View Photos & Videos