Britain has officially launched the Brexit process, triggering Article 50 and starting a two-year countdown before the country drops out of the European Union.
The historic moment came as a letter signed by Prime Minister Theresa May was delivered to the Brussels office of European Council President Donald Tusk, notifying him of the UK’s intention to leave.
Mr Tusk confirmed the momentous moment, tweeting: “After nine months the UK has delivered. #Brexit”
At the same time in the House of Commons, Ms May was telling MPs it is her “fierce determination to get the right deal for every single person in this country” as the period of negotiations begins.
The 27 EU member states and the UK will now begin an arduous process of negotiation to decide how they can disentangle their existing relations, while Ms May must push a complex legislative programme through Parliament.
Manfred Weber, an ally of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel …