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With Brexit Triggered, Uncertainty Continues Over What's To Come

The British are known for understatement, but political observers speak of Brexit in superlatives. They say it could prove transformational for the country – either for good or ill.
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May signs the official letter to European Council President Donald Tusk invoking Article 50 and signaling the United Kingdom's intention to leave the EU. Source: AFP

Today the United Kingdom formally told the European Union it is leaving, after decades of membership in the 28-nation political alliance and trading bloc. The move triggers an estimated two-year divorce process that will involve many months of tough negotiations and will launch Britain on a new, uncertain path.

Addressing the House of Commons in London, Prime Minister Theresa May said Brexit is an opportunity for her country to chart a new course, unencumbered by the bureaucracy of the multilateral organization based in Brussels.

"This is an historic moment from which there can be no turning back," said May. "We're going to make our

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