March 29, 2017 / 11:48 AM / 3 years ago

EU's Tusk receives Brexit notification letter from UK envoy

EU Council President Donald Tusk holds British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit letter which was delivered by Britain's permanent representative to the European Union Tim Barrow (not pictured) that gives notice of the UK's intention to leave the bloc under Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty in Brussels, Belgium, March 29, 2017. REUTERS/Yves Herman

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Council President Donald Tusk received a letter from the British ambassador to the EU on Wednesday, confirming Britain’s intention to leave the European Union.

The notification letter, handed over in Tusk’s Brussels office in the presence of journalists, triggers a two-year countdown to Brexit under Article 50 of the EU treaty.

Reporting by Yves Herman, writing by Philip Blenkinsop; editing by Robert-Jan Bartunek

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