>> Good morning Prime Minister.>> Are you taking back control, Prime Minister? Prime Minister are you ready for the fight ahead?>> British Prime Minister Theresa May at last firing the starting gun for Brexit on Wednesday. Her letter to Brussels, delivered at lunch time by the British Ambassador to the EU, Tim Barrow.
That officially launches the UK's withdrawal from the European Union under Article 50.>> We are going to take control of the things that matter most to us. And we are going to take this opportunity to build a stronger, fairer Britain. A country that our children and grandchildren are proud to call home.
>> And May telling the House of Commons that this marks the moment the country must come together. Since Britain's voted for Brexit in a referendum last June the scale of the challenge and the UK's demands have steadily come clear. Both a so-called hard Brexit and the best possible deal in May's sights.
Reuters' Liz Piper in London says the Prime Minister is on a mission.>> Well, I think Theresa May has always been incredibly clear that she's ambitious in these negotiations. She almost wants it all. She wants a free trade deal, she wants close economic cooperation, she wants close security operation and she also wants to control immigration.
What she gets from this is anyone's guess, but, of course, there will have to be compromise.>> But, May has revealed more of her battle lines than her tactics. One early obstacle to having it all, an exit Bill that could run to tens of billions of Euros.>> I expect the first stumbling block will be how much Britain owes to the EU.
And this could be incredibly sticky for Theresa May because she has to keep her back benchers on board. And some of them are very virulent their assertion that Britain should pay nothing.>> Westminster has two years to secure a deal after months of wrangling and speculation, the UK's phony Brexit war is finally getting real.