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EU officials in Brussels are getting ready to receive their first formal notification of exit from a member state in 60 years later today.

The UK’s ambassador to the EU, Tim Barrow, will be the messenger and is due to hand in a letter signed by the prime minister’s pen in Brussels at 12.20 UK time.

Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, has just tweeted out his schedule for the day. After the notification, the EU will make a press statement at 12.45. There will be photos of Sir Tim handing over the envelope but no video coverage.

Tomorrow, the UK government will publish its white paper on the Great Repeal Bill that will transpose all EU law onto the country’s statute book on the day of exit in 2019. Meanwhile, Mr Tusk will set out a series of guidelines for negotiations to be sent to all 27 EU member states on Friday.

The bloc’s 27 leaders will meet in April for their first formal summit to discuss exit talks.

Brexit starts here.

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