Remaining EU Members 'More Determined' Ahead of Brexit Talks - EU Council Chief

"We stand on the threshold of a significant moment for Britain as we begin the negotiations that will lead us toward a new partnership with Europe", May said on Monday.

The letter will be hand-delivered to the President of the European Council in Brussels at 1.30 p.m. Wednesday (7.30 a.m ET).

The UK government says it wants to carry out both separation and trade talks at the same time, but European Union chiefs say the two issues must be handled separately.

Brexit - a portmanteau of "British exit" from the EU - was the result of a referendum held June 23 in which citizens were asked if the British government should withdraw from the European Union economic bloc.

"N$3 ow that the decision has been made to leave the EU". Most of Parliament, including then-Prime Minister David Cameron, was opposed to the measure.

A majority of British people voted to stay in the European Union in a referendum on June 7, 1975.

As for the British people, however, a YouGov survey reviewed by Bloomberg revealed which items those asked "wanted brought back" following Brexit.

Announcing that the United Kingdom had invoked Article 50 to leave the EU, Prime Minister Theresa May told the House of Commons on Wednesday: "This is an historic moment from which there can be no turning back".

In a statement the European Council said: "The European Council received a letter from the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, notifying the United Kingdom's intention to leave the European Union". Leaders of those nations will meet April 29 to finalize their negotiating platform before instructing the EU's chief negotiator, French diplomat Michel Barnier.

May had earlier said that "no deal is better than a bad deal" but she appeared to tone down her approach in the letter. "In essence, this about damage control", the EU Council President said at a press conference in Brussels.

May's six-page letter to Tusk was polite and conciliatory, stressing that Britons want to remain "committed partners and allies to our friends across the continent".

The UK has highly regarded intelligence agencies and is one of the main military powers in Europe, meaning its cooperation on security issues is valued in the EU.

May said she did want a return to a "hard" border in the north of Ireland but that if the United Kingdom does not accept trade rules and free movement that may be unavoidable.

But getting a deal is unlikely to be straightforward.

A key priority in the letter was the border between the Republic of Ireland, an European Union member state, and Northern Ireland, a British province.

"I think, of course, this changes the nature [of the relationship] that Britain has with other countries", he said.

It has been speculated that exit negotiations will continue for around two years. And the technical intricacies may take some time to unravel.

  • Zachary Reyes