Brexit has officially been triggered. What comes next?

"This is a historic moment from which there can be no turning back".

It will mark the start of complex and contentious negotiations that put the United Kingdom on course to break its ties with the bloc by the end of March 2019.

In her letter, May repeated that the vote for Brexit was not meant to harm the EU.

The letter will be delivered midday Wednesday to European Council President Donald Tusk in Brussels and will officially trigger the Brexit proceedings.

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood, who also participated in the demo, said triggering Article 50 when Northern Ireland had no powersharing executive in place was an act of "democratic savagery". The divisive decision to leave the European Union has given new impetus to the drive for Scottish independence and shaken the foundations of Northern Ireland's peace settlement.

"As we face the opportunities ahead of us on this momentous journey, our shared values, interests and ambitions can - and must - bring us together", May told MPs.

"We all want to see a Britain that is stronger than it is today".

"We all want a country that is fairer so that everyone has the chance to succeed".

He added: "It is not acceptable that we are being squeezed between two enormous political forces in the British government and the European Union with large macro economies while we are located on the edge of Europe faced with the prospect of our borders being closed and having to pay tariffs on our goods with inevitable long delays on our border crossings". Ambitions that unite us, so that we are no longer defined by the vote we cast, but by our determination to make a success of the result.

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"N$3 ow that the decision has been made to leave the EU". Ford's European boss Jim Farley called for an "ambitious Brexit deal that maintains strong EU and United Kingdom economies", adding: "Any deal must include securing tariff-free trade with the wider customs union and not just the EU27, whilst retaining access to the best talent and resources".

Any Member State may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements.

European Union leaders will welcome assurances of a constructive approach and appreciate a commitment to remain a close partner for the European Union and to encourage its development, as well as an explicit recognition that Britain can not retain the best bits of membership after leaving.

Their leaders will meet on 29 April at an extraordinary European Council summit to agree a mandate for chief negotiator Michel Barnier and clear the way for talks to begin in earnest in May.

It seems we only use proper letters for formal reasons, like when we have to correspond with the bank.

In a letter May submitted to EU President Donald Tusk, she called for Britain's future partnership to be decided alongside the terms of exit, while Tusk insisted the first phase of negotiations must focus only on "key arrangements for an orderly withdrawal".

AP reported that Merkel was quoted as saying that Germany would push for the impact of Brexit on Germans and other European Union citizens living in Britain to be as minimal as possible.

Analysts think the downside cost of a bad deal - or, even worse, no deal - would be considerable for Britain.

"That's why Labour has set the clear priorities of full access to the European market, rights at work and environmental protection". From our side, we have every right to hold you and your government to account.

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