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Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May for­mally be­gan Bri­tain’s di­vorce from the Euro­pean Union on Wed­nes­day, declar­ing there was no turn­ing back and ush­er­ing in a tor­tu­ous exit process that will test the bloc’s co­he­sion and pitch her coun­try into the un­known. In one of the most sig­nif­i­cant steps by a Bri­tish leader since World War II, May no­ti­fied EU Coun­cil President Don­ald Tusk in a hand-de­liv­ered let­ter that Bri­tain would quit the club it joined in 1973. “The United King­dom is leav­ing the Euro­pean Union,” May told par­lia­ment nine months af­ter Bri­tain shocked in­vestors and world lead­ers by un­ex­pect­edly vot­ing to quit the bloc. “This is an his­toric mo­ment from which there can be no turn­ing back.”

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