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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks in Parliament as she announces that she has sent the letter to trigger the process of leaving the European Union in London

Britain is leaving the European Union.

The prime minister did, however, acknowledge that the divorce may not be amicable.

"Whenever there are positions of the European Union we will faithfully represent them on the Security Council", he told reporters, after chairing a meeting of the body.

"We vote no - that is possible, " Verhofstadt told the BBC recently. "It's absolutely not a threat".

Mr Tusk said he would unveil his draft negotiating guidelines in Malta on Friday, ahead of an extraordinary summit on April 29 when they are expected to be adopted by the EU27.

"We want to avoid a return to a hard border between our two countries", she said.

"I think that this cooperation on defense, police, intelligence, action against terrorism and judicial matters should continue with the United Kingdom whether there is deal or not".

"It is recognised among our colleagues in the European Union that this is the only peace process in the EU and is intertwined in the stability of Northern Ireland and our state".

"The UK is now leaving the European Union...there is no turning back", said May, in the House of Commons just after the handover.

As British Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50, Minister Donohoe said he is hopeful we can reach a good agreement.

Plans to repatriate more than 40 years of powers back to Westminster will begin immediately with the publication of the details of the Great Repeal Bill.

USA stocks traded mixed around midday Wednesday as investors assessed the start of the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union. But the government says the authority would only be used to make "mechanical changes" so laws can be applied smoothly.

The European Parliament may grant British people living and working overseas the same rights and advantages they enjoy as EU citizens, regardless of the outcome of Brexit negotiations.

In her letter, May repeated that the vote for Brexit was not meant to harm the EU, and said she wanted a "new deep and special relationship with a strong European Union". That process starts now.

It comes as Scotland overwhelmingly voted in favour of the United Kingdom staying in the European Union last June - by 62% to 38% - as all 32 council areas backed Remain.

Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee has accused the British government of not doing enough to prepare for talks breaking down, ending in no deal and "mutually assured damage" to both Britain and the EU.

"In the talks we must clarify how these close ties can be untangled".

He said: "Nobody can rejoice about what happened today".

It marks the start of complex and contentious negotiations that put the United Kingdom on course to break its ties with Brussels by the end of March 2019. "There may then be a period when we are implementing those arrangements". He said Britain had decided that it would leave the bloc, but "the issue of how we will leave, and the democratic checks and balances along the process of the negotiations, remains unresolved".

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