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Sir Tim Barrow, Britain’s new envoy to the EU rode to the European Council in his ambassadorial Jaguar, and then at 11:25 GMT, gave the narrow white envelope, that bore the Prime Minister’s Theresa May Brexit notification, to Donald Tusk, who chairs summits of EU leaders.
A few minutes later, Tusk tweeted that After nine months, the UK has delivered #Brexit. This was one topic on the routine weekly agenda for the 28 EU national envoys, and now that Brexit is underway – Barrow will get used to not being invited to all the EU discussions.
Commissioned in happier times when the EU seemed destined to go on expanding, it was no little irony that the first great moment of history, witnessed by the EU Council’s newly opened Europa Building, should be the unprecedented shrinking of the Union.
Donald Tusk did sum up the moment in some short words: What can I add to this? We already miss you. Thank you and goodbye.