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Brexit: “momentous journey” ahead as May fires Article 50

Mar 29, 2017, 6:18 AM EDT
Prime Minister Theresa May urged Britons to come together as the country embarks on a momentous journey.
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Nine months after Britain voted to leave the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May is set to trigger official, two-year negotiations with the bloc on Wednesday, with the aim of building “a strong, self-governing global U.K.” while maintaining a tighter grip over its boundaries and laws.

On Tuesday, May signed a letter invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and officially communicated to the E.U. about Britain’s decision to break away from it, writes Al Jazeera. British Ambassador to the E.U. Tim Barrow is due to hand-deliver the letter to European Council President Donald Tusk in Brussels on Wednesday.

In a statement released over triggering Article 50, May reassured the Britons while urging the country to come together as they embark on a “momentous journey,” which many believe would be full of uncertainties and hard bargains, notes Reuters.

Britain's finance minister and pro-remain member of the cabinet, Philip Hammond, said Britain “can’t have cake and eat it,” hinting that the government’s Brexit approach may not be as confrontational as many anticipate, reports The Guardian.