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Article 50 formally triggered with letter to Donald Tusk

Britain has formally given the EU notification that it intends to leave the bloc.

Sir Tim Barrow, British ambassador to the EU, handed the written letter to European Council president Donald Tusk on Wednesday.

The minute the letter was accepted, the notification to leave was triggered.

Britain now has two years to negotiate an agreement with the 27 remaining EU countries over its future relationship with the bloc.

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WATCH: 'Local businesses will feel Brexit impact'

An economic development expert from the University of Cumbria says businesses will feel the effects of Brexit - but only after negotiations begin.

Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to start the process of the UK formally leaving the European Union by triggering Article 50 today.

Professor Frank Peck told ITV Border the act of triggering Brexit was unlikely to have an immediate impact, but that in the medium term as negotiations get underway, companies who trade across European boundaries would be particularly affected.

  • ITV Border will have a series of special reports about the impact of Brexit on local people and businesses, at 6pm today

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MSPs back push for second independence referendum

The vote took place at Holyrood. Credit: PA

The Scottish Parliament has voted to push for a second independence referendum.

MSPs backed Nicola Sturgeon's motion, calling for her to be able to to take forward discussions with the UK Government on the details of a section 30 order, the mechanism to transfer the legal powers for a vote.

The motion was passed by 69 votes to 59.

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