Office handover and handshake sets in motion UK's departure from European Union

A few minutes earlier in Brussels, 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. "We are going to take control of the things that matters most to us". Notwithstanding the Scottish parliament's call for a second independence referendum, Mrs May said the United Kingdom would strengthen the union of its four nations. "We as a country have got to rediscover the art of self-governance". "I am fully confident of this, especially after the Rome declaration, and today I can say that we will remain determined and united also in the future, also during the hard negotiations ahead".

Last night, the British PM spoke by telephone to Tusk, EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the move.

For "remain" campaigners, it is now time to fight for a divorce settlement that preserves what they see as key benefits of European Union membership, including free trade in goods and services and the right to live and work anywhere in the bloc.

"They also agreed on the importance of entering into negotiations in a constructive and positive spirit, and of ensuring a smooth and orderly exit process", a government statement said.

Britain acknowledges it will have to pay something, but is sure to quibble over the size of the tab.

"We are in a plane being flown by members of the European Union and we're about to jump out and we've got a parachute that was designed by the people flying the plane and they designed it in a way to deter anybody else jumping out", he said.

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat of Malta, which holds the European Union presidency, said that negotiations must be transparent and honest.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond told the BBC on Wednesday that the British still want security, defense and science relationships with the EU.Still, Juncker has in the past predicted negotiations will be "very, very, very hard".

But she was heckled badly when she said the world "perhaps now more than ever needs the liberal democratic values of Europe".

European Union officials are due to circulate draft negotiating guidelines within days, and bloc leaders " minus May " will meet April 29 to adopt a common position.

Finally, we also know that the British government will contemplate an implementation or transitional period after leaving the EU.

British Prime Minister Theresa May and her most senior ministers gathered in the Cabinet room at 10 Downing Street Wednesday at the start of one of the most historic days in generations for Britain.

This reluctance to invest, Katz said, will have a sizeable impact on the success rate of homegrown businesses, as many of these fail due to funding restrictions.

"The UK has effectively no bargaining chips and the European Union has little to no incentive to offer a good deal". Of course, between now and then, the United Kingdom and European Union have to agree to split their current quotas, establish new WTO membership terms for both sides which needs to be agreed by the WTO member countries.

Brexit has profound implications for Britain's economy, society and even unity.

As I have announced already, the Government will bring forward legislation that will repeal the Act of Parliament - the European Communities Act 1972 - that gives effect to EU law in our country.

But anti-EU politicians saluted Wednesday as the day Britain regained its sovereignty from Brussels bureaucrats. But he said: "The worry is that the review of third country arrangements could be a smokescreen for introducing a more demanding third country regime to punish the United Kingdom".

Many British businesses rely on European workers, and about 3 million citizens of other EU states live in the United Kingdom - and have been uncertain about their future since the referendum in June.

  • Leroy Wright