LONDON, March 29 Britain has formally triggered
the process of leaving the European Union, Prime Minister
Theresa May said on Wednesday.
European Council President Donald Tusk received a letter
from the British ambassador to the EU on Wednesday. The
notification letter, handed over in Tusk's Brussels office in
the presence of journalists, triggers a two-year countdown to
Brexit under Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty.
"The Article 50 process is now under way and in accordance
with the wishes of the British people, the United Kingdom is
leaving the European Union," May told parliament.
May said Britain would seek to agree its future partnership
with the bloc alongside the withdrawal terms.
(Reporting by Kylie MacLellan, Elizabeth Piper and William
James, editing by Estelle Shirbon)