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This is it. D-Day is upon us.

Theresa May has signed the letter that will formally begin the process of extricating the UK from the European Union.

The letter will make its way with the British Ambassador to the EU, Sir Tim Barrow, who will then deliver it to the President of the European Council Donald Tusk at 12:30pm.

And for many, it is a bleak, difficult day.

The pound has already dipped against a number of currencies, and early trading sterling was down some 0.5 per cent against the US dollar, as well as being down against the euro, Swiss franc and the Australian dollar.

Nigel Farage – whom some might call the instigator of Brexit, having run Ukip on the referendum platform - has already indicated that “if Brexit is a disaster [he] will go and live abroad”.

And while we’ve set our clocks forward for Daylight Saving Time, many people believe exiting the EU will result in us turning the clocks back.

Britain joined the EU in 1973, along with Denmark and Ireland – 44 years ago.

To many, leaving the EU is a huge step back for the country.

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