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Corbyn: Labour will ensure government held to account

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Credit: House of Commons

Jeremy Corbyn has said Labour will ensure the Government is held to account at every stage of the Brexit.

He told the Commons Theresa May is "threatening to take this country in is both reckless and damaging".

He added he would not give the prime minister a "free hand" to use Brexit to attack rights and cut services.

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Germany says Britain to remain 'an important partner'

Credit: PA

A German government spokesperson has said that Britain will remain "an important partner in NATO and as a European partner" after Brexit.

As the Prime Minister triggers Article 50 taking Britain out of the EU Germany added that both the UK and the EU have an interest in "keeping good relations".

The Germany Foreign Ministry spokesperson however criticised the two-year timetable as "damn narrow".

Issues that need clarification include the right of EU citizens in Britain, said the spokesperson adding that "uncertainties are bad for Britain and the EU".

"We are watching carefully constitutional developments in Britain, including possible Scottish Independence Referendum", they added.

PM: 'I believe Britain's best days lie ahead'

The prime minister said 'now is the time for us to come together'. Credit: House of Commons

Theresa May told MPs she believes Britain's "best days lie ahead".

The prime minister said she would work for the "best possible deal" for Britain after Article 50 was formally triggered.

She added: "Now is the time for us to come together to be united across this House and across this country."

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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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