Britain’s process of leaving the European Union is officially under way after British Prime Minister Theresa May today triggered Article 50, kicking off two years of negotiations of what promises to be a lengthy and complex process of ending four decades of engagement with the European Union.

Article 50 of the EU’s treaty covers how a member can withdraw.

The breakup began with a June 2016 referendum in which British voters narrowly chose to leave the EU. The vote appeared to be driven by anti-establishment sentiments and the feeling the EU governing structure has taken too much control away from the common British citizen.

The referendum also brought the resignation of former Prime Minister David Cameron, who during a re-election campaign had promised to hold the vote.

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