So lengthy, farewell, auf wiedersehen, adieu.
With little fuss and never a lot fanfare, Britain left the European Union on Friday after 47 years of membership, taking a leap into the unknown in a historic blow to the bloc.
The U.Okay.’s departure turned official at 11 p.m. native time — midnight in Brussels — the place the EU is headquartered.
Hundreds of enthusiastic Brexit supporters gathered exterior Britain’s Parliament cheered because the hour struck. That they had been hoping for this second since Britain’s 52-48 per cent vote in June 2016 to stroll away from the membership it had joined in 1973.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson known as Britain’s departure “a second of actual nationwide renewal and alter.”
However many Britons mourned the lack of their EU identification, and a few marked the passing with tearful vigils. There was additionally unhappiness in Brussels as British flags have been quietly faraway from the bloc’s many buildings.
Whether or not Brexit makes Britain a proud nation that has reclaimed its sovereignty, or a diminished presence in Europe and the world, will probably be debated for years to return.
Whereas Britain’s exit is a historic second, it solely marks the tip of the primary stage of the Brexit saga. When Britons get up on Saturday, they may discover little or no change.
The U.Okay. and the EU have given themselves an 11-month “transition interval” — by which the U.Okay. will proceed to comply with the…