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Britain to trigger Brexit process on March 29, government says

A boat decorated with flags and banners from the 'Fishing for Leave' group that are campaigning for a 'leave' vote in the EU referendum sails by the British Houses of Parliament as part of a 'Brexit flotilla' on the river Thames in London on June 15, 2016. GETTY IMAGES/AFP/Niklas Halle'n

Britain’s government will begin the process of leaving the European Union on March 29, starting the clock on two years in which to complete the most important negotiation for a generation.

Britain’s permanent representative to the EU, Tim Barrow, informed the European Council President Donald Tusk of the timing on Monday morning, the U.K.’s Department for Exiting the European Union said in a statement.

The notification of triggering Article 50 will come in the form of a letter.

“We are on the threshold of the most important negotiation for this country for a generation,” Brexit secretary David Davis said. “The government is clear in its aims: a deal that works for every nation and region of the UK and indeed for all of Europe – a new, positive partnership between the UK and our friends and allies in the European Union.”

Brexit Secretary David Davis said in a statement that the country is “on the threshold of the most important negotiation” for a generation.

Britain voted 52 per cent to 48 per cent to leave the European Union in a referendum on June 23.

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