Brexit: Article 50 to be triggered beginning UK's departure from European Union

'There will be just as many people wanting to get a key cut today as there were yesterday'.

"This is an historic moment from which there can be no turning back", May told a raucous session of parliament in an address that was frequently interrupted by heckling from opposition MPs. Early indications are that Britain and the European Union are far apart. Mrs.

Finally, after almost a year of phoney war since the June 23 referendum vote to quit, British negotiators led by David Davis will sit down with Barnier's European Union team.

"In my opinion, this is the greatest moment in modern British history", said Brendan Chilton, general secretary of the pro-Brexit group Labour Leave. A lot of work will have to be done in order to have everything agreed in time.

The ministry said it was "daring" for Britain to decide to leave amid "uncertainty and restlessness" in the world.

However, on Tuesday the European Commission, Council and Parliament signalled that EU law must apply until Brexit day in two years' time.

"We should engage with one another constructively and respectfully, in a spirit of honest cooperation", she wrote.

Britain is divided over a "hard Brexit", in which May could walk away with no deal, and a "soft Brexit" with continued tariff-free trade, which Scotland and other pro-European Union factions want.

Formally, only a qualified majority of member states - 20 member states representing 65% (289.5m) of the population (445.5m) of the EU-27 - is required. But with nationalist, anti-EU parties on the rise across Europe, they can not afford to give London generous terms that might encourage other member states to break away.

A powerful European Union commissioner says that the British letter to trigger two years of Brexit proceedings "is a negative message for Europe as a whole, for the United Kingdom especially".

It seems like politicians aren't happy either with May's decisionas Lib Dem leader Tim Farron, who has called for the public to have their say on the terms of exit in a further referendum, said Mrs May's decision to rule out membership of the single market before negotiations began was proof she was pursuing an "extreme and divisive" Brexit.

Morning Call: BNN Commentator Andrew McCreath talks about current uncertainty in markets as the United Kingdom officially triggers the Brexit process.

Fortunately, there appears to be a growing realisation on both sides that such a deal will be needed.

Within 48 hours of receiving May's letter, Tusk is expected to send draft negotiation guidelines to the other 27 member states.

Then Barnier will sit down with his British counterpart, Davis, who has said the first item on the agenda will probably be: "How we do this?"

"But we continue to think a small gain (around 2%) is more likely than a decline over 2017 as a whole, since low interest rates are expected to help underpin demand while a shortage of homes on the market will continue to provide support for house prices".

British negotiators are sure to quibble over the size of the tab.

Juncker has said the European Union will not try to punish Britain for leaving. But, he added, "There can be no cherry picking either".

Both sides talk publicly of the need to avoid hostilities, with May speaking of a "new deep and special partnership" on the eve of the trigger.

May has said she will take Britain out of the European single market but will seek the best possible access to the European markets and establish better trade ties with other nations.

  • Leroy Wright