'Thank you, goodbye', EU's Tusk tells United Kingdom after Theresa May triggers Brexit

But she warned: "If you look at something like Europol, we are the largest contributor to Europol, so if we left we Europol then we would take our information, this is in the legislation, with us".

In a separate statement to the press, Tusk commented on the "six pages" he'd received from May, saying he would "not pretend that I am happy today". "Thank you and goodbye", Tusk said in his statement to Britain.

"Paradoxically, there is also something positive in Brexit".

On Wednesday UK Prime Minister Teresa May's government had the letter, which invokes Article 50, hand-delivered to European Union headquarters in Brussels.

The EU's parliament's draft resolution said London's Brexit bill should cover not just outstanding commitments to the bloc's budget but also "provision for off-balance sheet items, contingent liabilities and other financial costs that arise directly as a result of its withdrawal". "This is a historic moment from which there can be no turning back".

Mrs May will tell the Commons she will represent "every person in the UK", including European Union nationals, when she takes to the negotiating table. "We are going to take control of the things that matter most to us".

Many in Britain would like to see a transition period put in place where existing European Union legislation will continue to apply even after Britain has left.

"We know that United Kingdom companies that trade with the European Union will have to align with rules agreed by institutions of which we are no longer a part, just as we do in other overseas markets".

"We know that we will lose influence over the rules that affect the European economy. We accept that", she said.

It will mark the start of complex and contentious negotiations that put the United Kingdom on course to break its ties with the bloc by the end of March 2019.

But she was accused of threatening the European Union with a withdrawal of security collaboration, after the letter warned failure to reach agreement on trade would mean "our co-operation in the fight against crime and terrorism would be weakened".

Calling for a "deep and special partnership" with Brussels, Prime Minister Theresa May struck a conciliatory tone today in her letter formally announcing Britain's intention to leave the EU. "And I am talking about both sides".

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn accused Mrs May of wanting to turn Britain into a "low-wage, tax haven" after Brexit.

"The sentence often used in private divorces, "let's stay friends", rings true in this case".

To trigger Article 50, an official letter must be presented to the European Council, outlining how the member state plans to withdraw. "We need each other".

  • Leroy Wright