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The British government has delivered its formal notification of exit from the EU, marking the first ever withdrawal of a member state in the bloc’s 60 year history.

Tim Barrow, the UK’s EU ambassador, delivered a six page letter to Donald Tusk, president of the European Council in Brussels today, invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty nine months after Britain voted in a referendum to leave the bloc.

The letter was received by Mr Tusk this afternoon, triggering two years of Brexit talks that will determine the terms of its departure and a new trading relationship with the 27 remaining member states.

“After nine months the UK has delivered”, said Mr Tusk at 13.29 local time (CET).

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