3 years, 7 months and 8 days since the EU Referendum, the day has come where the UK leaves the European Union.
After 47 years in the regional bloc, the UK will leave the EU this evening at 23:00 (GMT).
The departure is expected to deliver mixed emotions, with large parts of the UK still divided as it was when it voted in June 2016.
There’s plenty of events taking place in London and across the country today to mark the historic Brexit moment – a quick search online should reveal a list of events being held in your local area.
A ‘Brexit Celebration’ is to be held in Parliament Square between 9pm and 11.15pm, hosted by campaign group Leave Means Leave backed by Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage. Despite efforts to make it happen through a crowdfunding campaign, the bells of Big Ben will not bong to mark the moment at 11pm.
Commemorative coins to mark exit day are also being released into circulation. A statement from Prime Minister Boris Johnson about the UK’s departure is expected to be released to the media, and Mr Johnson will hold a cabinet meeting in the North of England.
UK embassies around the world have been warned against holding any special events to mark the UK’s exit from the EU, over fears of any “triumphalism” being badly received by the respective host countries of the embassies, and with many Britons not feeling it right to celebrate.
The UK is leaving the EU after Boris Johnson’s EU Withdrawal Agreement was backed by Parliament, EU leaders and Members of the European Parliament, being signed off in the last few days.
After 11pm, there will not be any changes particularly noticeable in the UK – the UK will enter a transition period during which it will still be a member of EU institutions, but will have no say over the decisions made over them. This transition period is currently due to run up until the end of 2020 – after this point, there may be potential for more noticeable disruption.
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