UK Serves Article 50 Triggering the Divorce
UK serves Article 50 to the European Union. This begins the process of officially separating from the EU after the UK voted for this process last June 23. British Prime Minister Theresa May told the House of Commons in London, “This is a historic moment for which there can be no turning back. Britain is leaving the European Union.”
Six Page Formal Letter Delivered
Prior to the announcement the British Permanent Representative to the EU, Sir Tim Barrow, delivered a six-page formal letter of notification to Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, in Brussels. Early this morning Barrow stepped out of a black Jaguar. He was holding a briefcase containing the letter signed by May in Downing Street on Tuesday evening. His route had been kept secret in an effort to avoid any attempts to intercept the letter. Tusk sent a Twitter message shortly after the letter was delivered. It simply said, “After nine months the UK has delivered.”
Tusk said of the situation, “There is no reason to pretend that this is a happy day, neither in Brussels nor in London. After all, most Europeans – including almost half the British voters, wished that we would stay together, not drift apart. As for me, I will not pretend that I am happy today.”
“The Article 50 process is now under way, and in accordance with the British people, the United Kingdom is leaving the European Union,” May said.