>> British Prime Minister Theresa May at last firing the starting gun in the Brexit battle on Wednesday, sending Brussels a letter launching the UK's withdrawal from the European Union under Article 50. Since Britain's vote for Brexit in a referendum last June, the scale of the challenge, and the UK's demands, have steadily become clear.
Both the so-called hard Brexit and the best possible deal in May's sights.>> 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 tumbling 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 benches on board, and some of them are very virulent in 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.