- Title: People in Britain react as Brexit triggered
- Date: 29th March 2017
- Summary: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (MARCH 29, 2017) (REUTERS) BRITISH FALG FLYING VIEW OF PALACE OF WESTMINSTER
- Embargoed: 12th April 2017 13:29
- Keywords: leave EU Article 50 Britain Brexit
- Location: SUNDERLAND AND LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- City: SUNDERLAND AND LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0036A0JRYF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Prime Minister Theresa May filed formal Brexit divorce papers on Wednesday (March 29), pitching the United Kingdom into the unknown and triggering years of uncertain negotiations that will test the cohesion of the European Union.
There were mixed reactions among the British people. Some, despite voting for Brexit, said they regretted their decision. Others were hopeful the decision to leave the European Union will help control immigration and give Britain the powers to run the country's own affairs.
Nine months after Britons voted to leave, May notified EU Council President Donald Tusk in a letter that the UK is quitting the bloc it joined in 1973.
The prime minister, an initial opponent of Brexit who won the top job in the political turmoil that followed the referendum vote, now has two years to settle the terms of the divorce before it comes into effect in late March 2019.
For the EU, already reeling from successive crises over debt and refugees, the loss of Britain is the biggest blow yet to 60 years of efforts to forge European unity in the wake of two devastating world wars.
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