On 23 June last year, the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. As I have said before, that decision was no rejection of the values we share as fellow Europeans. Nor was it an attempt to do harm to the European Union or any of the remaining member states. On the contrary, the United Kingdom wants the European Union to succeed and prosper. Instead, the referendum was a vote to restore, as we see it, our national self-determination. We are leaving the European Union, but we are not leaving Europe - and we want to remain committed partners and allies to our friends across the continent.
That's the beginning of the letter from Prime Minister Theresa May to the Fuhrer of the EU invoking Article 50, announcing the formal withdrawal from EU. Like the Soviet Constitution provisions exist within the European Constitution to allow member states to leave, but no one ever expected it to happen.
This day will be remembered generations from now as we remember the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Europe, that giant, bloated, dystopian, authoritarian, totalitarian superstate is finally breaking apart. The official date for the UK gaining full independence is set for 30 March 2019.