Britain formally launches European Union exit process Top of the world

Yolanda Curtis
March 30, 2017

However, only hours after the letter was hand-delivered by Sir Tim Barrow, the UK's European Union ambassador, May was accused of putting lives at risk in order to secure a deal that was favourable to Britain.

The Brexit vote sent the pound plunging and there are concerns about economic stability if the negotiations end without a new trade agreement in place.

The UK's Prime Minister has formally announced Britain will leave the European Union within the next two years.

The German leader also called for "fair and constructive" negotiations with Britain, saying that "we, the European Union, would carry out the upcoming talks in a fair and constructive manner".

He said "Morning" to reporters as he walked into the Europa Building in the heart of the European quarter, where he is expected to hand the document to Mr Tusk this afternoon. The EU27 said they would "approach these talks constructively and strive to find an agreement" and added that "we hope to have the United Kingdom as a close partner" in future.

She told the Commons that the delivery of the letter was "an historic moment from which there can be no turning back".

Tusk held up the letter signalling the UK's intention to leave the European Union on Wednesday, saying "We already miss you".

Britain has until October 2018 at the latest to come up with a draft divorce plan, according to the Commission's Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier.

The European Parliament may grant British people living and working overseas the same rights and advantages they enjoy as EU citizens, regardless of the outcome of Brexit negotiations.

In her letter, Prime Minister May told European Council President Tusk that the UK Parliament activated Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, thus commencing a two-year discussion regarding the terms of the Brexit. She added that this included European Union nationals living in Britain, who had "made this country their home".

"At the heart of the referendum decision was sovereignty", U.K. Brexit Secretary David Davis said in an emailed statement.

"We want to support the United Kingdom as the United Kingdom has supported France and Germany", he said, a nod to recent terror attacks.

"For me, it's definitely a sad day", said Scotland resident Emma Lynas.

But they want to wait until the United Kingdom has settled other issues, including the bill and how to treat the 4million Europeans who will be living as foreigners on either side of the Channel.

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