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Britain’s ambassador to the EU has arrived at the headquarters of the European Council to present the UK’s formal notification of its withdrawal from the bloc.
Tim Barrow is participating in regular weekly talks with the ambassadors of the 27 other member states on Wednesday morning before meeting Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, to hand over Britain’s Article 50 letter.
He is scheduled to submit the letter at about 1.20pm in Brussels, formally triggering two years of talks on the terms of the UK’s exit from the EU.
Sir Tim declined to answer reporters’ questions as he emerged at 9.45am from the UK’s diplomatic mission in Brussels to driven to the Europa Building three minutes away, where he will meet Mr Tusk.
Wearing a navy three-piece suit and carrying a black leather briefcase, he sat with a colleague in the back of his ambassadorial Jaguar as it drove off on its short journey.
The ambassador arrived in the embassy at Avenue d’Auderghem in the EU quarter of Brussels at 8.30am local time to collect the Article 50 letter, which was signed on Tuesday by Theresa May, prime minister, and taken by train overnight to Brussels.
Mrs May will address the House of Commons once the letter is delivered. Mr Tusk will make a statement after he receives the letter, as will senior members of the European Parliament who are meeting on Wednesday afernoon to discuss the notification