Britain officially triggers Brexit, PM Theresa May says 'no turning back'

Tim Barrow, Britain's ambassador to the European Union, personally delivered the letter signed by PM Theresa May at Tusk's office in Brussels to trigger Britain's exit from the European Union. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION London, United Kingdom Mar 29, 2017, 12.04 PM (IST)

British PM Theresa May addressed the British Parliament declaring "Britain's better days are ahead" as Britain formally launched the process to leave the EU on Wednesday.

The United Kingdom is leaving the European Union," May told parliament nine months after Britain shocked investors and world leaders by unexpectedly voting to quit the bloc. "This is an historic moment from which there can be no turning back."

PM Theresa May said,"We will remain reliable partners of the European Union, despite Brexit we will partner NATO."

Tim Barrow, Britain's ambassador to the European Union, personally delivered the letter signed by British Prime Minister Theresa May at Tusk's office in Brussels to trigger Britain's exit from the European Union, AFP reported.

German chancellor Angela Merkel urged 'fair and constructive' Brexit negotiations. French President Francois Hollande said Brexit will be "economically painful" for Britain, after London formally launched the process to quit the European Union. 

The move will "force Europe to go forward, undoubtedly with different speeds", the French president declared.

 

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The European Union (EU) was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2012 for "for over six decades having contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe". Britain will become the first country ever to seek a divorce, striking a blow at the heart of the union forged after World War II.

(WION with Agency inputs)