Daily US Times, London: The UK has officially ended a 47-year relationship with the European Union. The country left the coalition in the midnight of 31 January- more than three years after it voted to do so in a referendum.
The historic moment was marked by both celebrations and anti-Brexit protests.
Scotland, which voted to stay in the EU held candlelit vigils and on the other hand while Brexiteers partied in London’s Parliament Square.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has vowed to bring the country together and “take us forward”.
In a social media message, the PM said: “For many people, this is an astonishing moment of hope, a moment they thought would never come.”
He also acknowledged many people’s sense of anxiety and loss. He mentioned another group, ”perhaps the biggest – who had started to worry that the whole political wrangle would never come to an end.”
“I understand all those feelings and our job as the government – my job – is to bring this country together now and take us forward”, Mr. Johnson said.
Boris Jhonson said the European Union has evolved over 50 years in a direction that no longer suits the UK.
He said this is not the end, but a beginning and “a moment of real national renewal and change”.
Supporters of Brexit were held in pubs and social clubs across the UK as the country counted down to its official departure.
Hundreds of supporters gathered in Parliament Square to celebrate Brexit, singing patriotic songs and cheering speeches from leading Brexiteers, including Nigel Farage.
“Let us celebrate tonight as we have never done before”, said Nigel Farage ””This is the greatest moment in the modern history of our great nation.”
What’s the reaction in Europe?
Reactions came from across Europe amid this historic moment.
Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission said Britain and Brussels will fight for their interests in trade talks and added that the final days of the UK with the EU was ’emotional”.
She paid tribute to UK citizens who had “contributed to the European Union and made it stronger.”
French President Emmanuel Macron pointed out the fact that this is the first time in 70 years, a member country is leaving the EU.
“It is a historic alarm signal that must be heard in each of our countries”, Mr. Macros said.
“The more the UK will diverge from the EU standards, the less access to the single market it will have” warned European Council President Charles Michel.
European Parliament vice president Mairead McGuinness said she fears progress to agree a trade deal – which Mr. Johnson hopes to secure by December 2021 – “might be left to the very last minute”.