The UK left the EU at 11 pm local time, Friday the 31st of January, 2020. The UK will now be in a transition period with the bloc until December 31st, 2020, during which time London and Brussels negotiators will work on a future trade deal.
Just one hour earlier, Prime Minister Boris Johnson had addressed the British public in pre-recorded social media posts to herald the “dawn of a new era” in British history.
Prime Minister Johnson said: “Tonight, we are leaving the European Union. For many people, this is an astonishing moment of hope, a moment they thought would never come. There are many, of course, who feel a sense of anxiety and loss. And then there’s a third group, perhaps the biggest, who had started to worry that the whole political wrangle would never come to an end.
Tonight we are leaving the European Union. pic.twitter.com/CboWQzYRM4
— UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) January 31, 2020
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