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Hammond: This is moment we put divisions behind us

Chancellor Philip Hammond has hailed today as "the moment when we put behind us the divisions and questions of the past" and focus on getting "the very best possible arrangement" with the European Union.

As Britain prepares to trigger Article 50 to begin the Brexit process, Mr Hammond said: "We're going to get the very best deal that we can for Britain, and we're going to deliver the crucial things which I think people were asking for - control over migration and a reassertion of the supremacy of our Parliament."

Peston: Excitement and anxiety at triggering of A50

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ITV News' Political Editor Robert Peston has said the triggering of Article 50 is reason for excitement and anxiety.

He compared Britain leaving the EU to his "beloved Arsenal" hypothetically saying it would leave the Premier League to join a global super-league.

"I'd feel excited by that prospect, but also a little bit fearful that it might not all work out as we hoped," he said.

He added that the other risk is Scotland might want to leave the UK, which could fracture the union.

"It's an imperfect analogy and all I really wanted to say is that of course on a day like today, one feels excitement about what this wonderful world has to offer, but it's also a day one might feel slightly anxious," Peston said.

Ambassador arrives at EU Council with Article 50 letter

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The British ambassador to the EU, Sir Tim Barrow, has arrived at the European Council building in Brussels where he will later deliver the Article 50 letter.

Sir Tim will deliver the letter signed by Theresa May, which will begin the Brexit process, to European Council President Donald Tusk

When Mr Tusk accepts the letter, Article 50 has officially been triggered.


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