MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Less than a week after the European Union's 60th birthday, Britain has finally invoked Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty in a letter to European Council President Donald Tusk, starting a two-year countdown to its withdrawal.
"In all of its 60-year history, the process of European integration has never been a direct road, rather a twisting path with different speeds and occasional stops. But, until today, this process had never been reversed. This may as well be a start of European ‘disintegration’," Chizhov told Rossiya-24 TV channel.
The United Kingdom held a referendum last June and decided to leave the European Union: 51.9% of the voters supported the move and 48.1% opposed it.
Britons that still approve the Brexit vote result stand at 44 percent, just slightly above the 43 percent of respondents who regret the decision to leave the European Union, a YouGov poll indicated.