EU leaders summon bravado as UK launches Brexit

DW – March 29, 2017

Brussels is taking the divorce hard and wants to make sure Britain doesn’t have it easy either. Holding the official letter from British Prime Minister Theresa May aloft on Wednesday, European Council President Donald Tusk was emotional.

“There is no reason to pretend that this is a happy day, neither in Brussels, nor in London,” Tusk told a briefing of reporters shortly after the document was delivered by British Ambassador Sir Tim Farrow. “After all, most Europeans – including almost half of British voters – wish that we would stay together, not drift apart. As for me I will not pretend that I am happy today.”

“It’s the first time that a member state has decided to leave us,” lamented European Parliament President Antonio Tajani. “Although we fully respect the democratic will of the majority of the British people, today is not a good day for Europe.”