White House Spokesman Sean Spicer says the Trump administration 'respects' the UK's decision to leave the European Union. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: White House Spokesman Sean Spicer said on Wednesday the Trump administration wants the UK to 'remain a strong leader in Europe' as it exits from the European Union. "We respect the will of the British electorate and her Majesty's government in taking steps of departing the European Union," Spicer said. "Whatever future the UK-E.U. relationship looks like, we want the UK to remain a strong leader in Europe, for both the UK, the E.U. and Europe to remain strong leaders globally." Prime Minister Theresa May formally began Britain's divorce from the European Union on Wednesday, declaring there was no turning back and ushering in a tortuous exit process that will test the bloc's cohesion and pitch her country into the unknown. In one of the most significant steps by a British leader since World War Two, May notified EU Council President Donald Tusk in a hand-delivered letter that Britain would quit the club it joined in 1973.