'Unhappy' day as United Kingdom delivers Brexit letter

Along with France, Britain is one of two European Union states to hold one of the five permanent, veto-wielding seats on the UN Security Council. He said he felt there was "no reason to pretend this is a happy day".

Speaking to MPs, May said: "The article 50 process is now underway ... the United Kingdom is leaving the EU".

Mr Tusk said that the EU's clear goal in negotiations was "to minimise the cost for the EU's citizens, businesses and member states" resulting from Brexit.

"What can I add to this?" he said.

He ended his press conference by telling Britain: "We already miss you".

In a draft resolution published on the day that Britain formally triggered the two-year process to leave the European Union, senior EU lawmakers said there could be transitional arrangements to smooth the UK's departure but they should not last more than three years.

On June 23, 2016, 17.4 million Britons voted to end their 43-year-old membership of EU.

British Prime Minister Theresa May, who signed the notification letter on Tuesday, says there is no turning back.

A woman protests against Brexit at the weekend.

Shortly before a Cabinet meeting, Chancellor Philip Hammond said the letter sets the "right tone" and sends the "right signals" to European leaders about how the United Kingdom wants to conduct the negotiations that will decide the country's future.

Reuters reports that Goldman Sachs sought to reassure London-based staff over potential disruption to its as Britain prepares to leave the European Union, in a voicemail to staff sent by the Wall Street firm's Europe CEO. "We know that we will lose influence over the rules that affect the European economy", she said.

"However, we approach these talks constructively, respectfully, and in a spirit of honest co-operation". Brexit has made us, the community of 27, more determined and more united than before.

Agreements or any extension to Article 50 will have to be approved by all 27 member states and will likely require ratification by national parliaments. Today, London officially started the process of leaving the European Union, roughly 9 months after the British people supported the Leave campaign by a margin of 51.9% to 48.1% in a referendum.

He added: "Great Britain will be forced to pay".

It is official - Britain has kicked off divorce proceedings, to leave the European Union.

The Scottish National Party accused Mrs May of breaking a promise to forge a "UK-wide approach" to Brexit before triggering Article 50.

  • Leroy Wright