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The empty seat of former UKIP leader Nigel Farage is pictured at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, early Tuesday, March 14, 2017. Britain lurched closer to leaving the European Union Monday when Parliament stopped resisting and gave Prime Minister Theresa May the power to file for divorce from the bloc. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)

Brexit will officially begin on March 29

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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.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London, to attend Prime Minister's Questions at the Houses of Parliament, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. Britain's House of Commons is to vote on a bill Wednesday authorizing Prime Minister Theresa May to start European Union exit talks — the first major test of whether lawmakers will try to impede the government's Brexit plans. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Prime Minister Theresa May said last year she intended to invoke Article 50 by the end of March. The move was approved two weeks ago by Parliament.

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon sits in the main chamber of the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, Scotland Tuesday Jan. 17, 2017 ahead of the vote on the Scottish Government's plans to keep Scotland in the European single market even if the rest of the Britain leaves. (Jane Barlow/PA via AP)

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon sits in the main chamber of the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, Scotland Tuesday Jan. 17, 2017 ahead of the vote on the Scottish Government's plans to keep Scotland in the European single market even if the rest of the Britain leaves. (Jane Barlow/PA via AP)

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.

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