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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.

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


Scottish Parliament votes against triggering Article 50

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The Scottish Parliament has voted overwhelmingly against the UK government's Brexit plans.

MSPs have backed by 90 votes to 34 in agreement that Article 50 should not be triggered.

Only the Conservatives and a handful of Labour members backed the move.

The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon described the vote as one of the most significant in the history of Holyrood - even though a Supreme Court ruling last month stated there is no legal need for Holyrood to give its consent.

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