Article 50 is just the end of the beginning
'There is no reason to pretend this is a happy day.' For all the protests about the lack of a democratic mandate in his role, the President of the European Council Donald Tusk certainly spoke for many European citizens with his response to Britain's formal notice of departure from the European Union.
The moving of Article 50 by British Prime Minister Theresa May is an historic day for the union - the first time a member state has signalled its intention to leave.
After 44 years, Britain is turning its back on the European Union and wants to forge a new relationship with Europe as a whole.