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The United Kingdom has left the European Union - what next?

The United Kingdom has left the European Union - what next?

And there we have it. The UK has officially left the European Union.

After 47 years in the regional bloc, the UK has made its departure, over 3 years after voting to do so in the 2016 EU Referendum.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has described Brexit as 'an astonishing moment of hope' for many - he also acknowledged that the UK's departure from the EU will cause others to 'feel a sense of anxiety and loss'. Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage said that the UK's departure 'marks the point of no return.'

So, Brexit is done - what's the next story?... Well, actually, Brexit is not quite done.

The EU Withdrawal Agreement was passed in order to allow the UK to leave the EU tonight, but the UK still needs to negotiate its future relationship with the EU on trade and a whole plethora of other issues.

The UK has now entered a transition period. During the transition period, the UK will be part of the EU institutions but will have no say in how they are run or in the decisions that are made by the EU. The transition period should prevent any immediate significant disruption or changes from leaving the EU, and is set to run up until December 31, 2020.

While tonight is no doubt a significant moment for the future of the UK and Europe, it is not the final key moment for the Brexit journey.

 

The Speaker will continue to report the key news every step of the way as the UK negotiates its future relationship with the EU. For more, follow us on social media @speakerpolitics.

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