London (CNN)The UK government has formally served divorce papers on the European Union, signaling the beginning of the end of a relationship that has endured for 44 years.
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- The UK won't seek membership of the single market, essentially a free-trade zone.
- But it will seek a 'bold and ambitious' free-trade agreement.
- The UK hopes to avoid a cliff-edge separation and ensure certainty for businesses.
- It warns that European security will be under threat if a deal is not reached.
- It expects the devolved regions of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be granted greater powers.
- The government aims to repeal EU laws and automatically adopt them into UK law for review.
- A White Paper on how to do this will be published Thursday.