The United Kingdom has ceremoniously served divorce papers on the European Union, gesticulating the beginning of the end of a marriage that has underwent for 44 years. Theresa May, the British Prime Minister, deep-rooted that London had triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, beginning a legal process that must end in two years’ time with the old wife British Empire leaving her sorrowful ex-husband the European Union.
“This is an historic moment for which there can be no turning back. Britain is leaving the European Union,” May told the House of Commons in London.
This official start to the Brexit process comes nine months after the UK voted in a hotly contested referendum that exposed deep divisions across the country. Although there is no reason to pretend that this is a happy day, neither in Brussels nor in London. After all, most Europeans, that definitely includes almost half the British voters, wished that the Brit-EU marriage would not drift apart and that they would stay together. However, assumingly Brexit made the 27 other nations in the EU more determined and united among themselves. Although this wedding has dissolved on a not very happy note but this annulment surely leaves the British people deeply divided over Brexit. On Wednesday, protesters outside Parliament condemned May’s approach to the split, some of them draping EU flags on their shoulders.