United Kingdom set to begin 'momentous journey' to life outside EU

Tusk received a letter, which invokes Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, on behalf of UK Prime Minister Theresa May from Britain's European Union representative Sir Tim Barrow.

The prime minister's letter triggers Article 50, the exit clause in the European Union constitution.

Her admission that freedom of movement between the United Kingdom and the rest of the European Union is likely continue after the two-year negotiation will anger the right-wing of the Tory party who had hoped for all ties with Brussels to cut immediately after Brexit.

May's office says she will tell lawmakers that the U.K.is embarking on a "momentous journey" and should unite to forge a "global Britain".

Now that May has pulled the trigger on Article 50, what does it mean?

Some time after 12.30pm, the premier will inform MPs that Brexit is being triggered and in Brussels, British ambassador to the EU Sir Tim Barrow will deliver the document to Europe an Council president Donald Tusk.

Once it has been accepted, Article 50 has been officially launched.

Home secretary Amber Rudd has said that if the United Kingdom left the EU's policing agency it would take its anti-crime information with it.

'It is my fierce determination to get the right deal for every single person in this country, ' she said.

"However, we approach these talks constructively, respectfully, and in a spirit of honest co-operation". "A country that our children and grandchildren are proud to call home". "We are leaving the European Union, but we are not leaving Europe, and we want to remain committed partners and allies to our friends across the continent", her letter reads.

"These are the ambitions of this Government's plan for Britain. We are going to make our own decisions and our own laws", she said.

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

"That is why in my letter to Donald Tusk I have made clear that one of the key principles for the negotiation ahead is that we must pay close attention to the UK's unique relationship with the Republic of Ireland and the importance of the peace process in Northern Ireland".

She also put herself on a collision course with the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier by demanding that Britain's exit and a new trade deal be completed in parallel within the two year timeframe.

The EU has said the two processes should come one after the other - first a deal on Brexit and then one on future ties. Leaving the European Union won't be a simple affair: While business and travel concerns often get the most attention, Britain's government will also have to figure out how it will incorporate the thousands of laws and rules that the European Union has approved over the years.

  • Leroy Wright