This is a truly historic day for the UK as Article 50, the formal mechanism for leaving the EU, has been triggered, thus beginning a two-year period of negotiation between the UK and the EU.
Prime Minister Theresa May has branded this event, signified as the UK’s ambassador to the EU handed a letter to the President of the European Council Donald Tusk (pictured), a “unique opportunity” which will allow to UK to “shape a brighter future.”
In a letter to Mr. Tusk, notifying the EU of the UK’s intentions, Mrs. May wrote:
On 23 June last year, the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. As I have said before, that decision was no rejection of the values we share as fellow Europeans. Nor was it an attempt to do harm to the European Union or any of the remaining member states. On the contrary, the United Kingdom wants the European Union to succeed and prosper. Instead, the referendum was a vote to restore, as we see it, our national self-determination. 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.
This is the day many have been waiting for; one which many believed would never come at all.