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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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Border region raising funds for Africa crisis

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Hundreds of people across Cumbria and the south of Scotland have started collecting money to help millions of starving people in East Africa.

The Disasters Emergency Committee launched the East Africa Crisis Appeal in response to a growing humanitarian crisis in the region.

16 million people are at risk following a prolonged period of draught and local armed conflicts.

Cathedral celebrates migrant contribution to UK

Carlisle Cathedral. Credit: ITV Border

Carlisle Cathedral has hosted an event to celebrate the contribution of migrants to UK.

The Cathedral is one of a number of venues across the country to sign up to the 'One Day Without Us' national day of action.

People were invited to tie multi-coloured ribbons to the main gates.

Organisers were keen to point out the positive role migrants play in all walks of life.

26 percent of NHS doctors are technically migrants.

So this day is all about saying if all the migrants were actually to say we've had enough and are going back, as some people want us to do, the whole health service would collapse.

– The Rev Canon Michael Manley, Carlisle Cathedral
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