UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The UK left the European Union after 47 years of membership in the Union, while British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said they were at the dawn of a new era.
Britain left the Union last night at 11pm local time. The country has been a member of the EU since 1973. As part of the “Brexit Day”, various celebrations have been held by both state and private institutions.
The number 10 prime-time building reflected back-counting, while several other government buildings were illuminated with British flag lights.
The British Central Bank put into circulation the 50 cent coin which marked “January 31, 2020” and the phrase “To all nations peace, prosperity and friendship”.
The Brexit party led by Nigel Farage, a far-right politician and one of the architects of the anti-EU campaign, held a party in front of Parliament.
Brexit supporters, meanwhile, expressed excitement together as the clock struck 23:00.
“The dawn of a new era”
British Prime Minister Johnson in a speech to the people on one of British television called for the end of the Brexit process to end the polarization created by public opinion and to continue “healing wounds”.
“Our job is to unite the nation and advance the country,” Johnson said, adding, “The most important thing to say is that this is not the end but the beginning. This is a time of true national renewal and change. it is the dawn of a new era. ”
As the clock ticked at 11pm, EU flags in official EU-linked institutions were lowered and the ministry formed to run the Brexit process was also dismantled.
Membership of British MPs in the European Parliament (EP) has also ended and Britain’s access to EU internal documents has been cut.
The transition process began
With the end of Britain’s EU membership, the transition process has begun. During this time Britain will hold talks with the Union to reach agreement, mainly in areas such as free trade, health and transport.
Should Britain request an extension of the transition period, it should make a request no later than June. But the British government headed by Prime Minister Johnson has said he will not seek an extension.
In the process, Britain will retain elements of EU membership, such as customs union, common market and free movement, and will also be subject to EU rules, but will not be included in the political decision-making mechanism.
In a referendum held in 2016 on leaving the EU, Britain ruled on Brexit with 52 percent “for” and 48 percent “against”.
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