Three-and-a-half years after a referendum which divided the nation, final night time’s departure from the EU introduced up robust feelings.
Champagne bottles had been popped as a sea of Union Flags surrounded Parliament Square when Brexit got here into impact at 11pm.
A digital countdown clock was projected onto the partitions of Number 10 Downing Street to mark the unprecedented second in British historical past.
While some had been over the moon that Brexit has finally occurred, others took to the streets to precise their sorrow and fears for the longer term as the nation heads into uncharted territory.
When the illuminated clock at Downing Street hit 00:00 and a recording of Big Ben bongs was sounded, Leavers who had gathered within the capital cheered and burst right into a rendition of God Save the Queen.
Celebrations held in pubs, city halls, social golf equipment and houses throughout the nation, full with fancy costume and sing-alongs.
Remain supporters in London draped EU flags round themselves whereas leavers set them alight, illustrating the rift opened up for the reason that 2016 referendum.
After three-and-a-half years of political turmoil, two normal elections, two prime ministers and quite a few deadline extensions, others will simply be glad the method is finally over.
Last nights celebrations come after the UK’s Withdrawal Agreement was accredited by the EU Parliament on Thursday.
Yesterday Nigel Farage stated there was ‘no way’ the UK would ever rejoin the bloc and stated the nation is ‘past the point of no return’.
Despite the fanfare, Britain will nonetheless be topic to EU guidelines for now, with solely a small variety of modifications coming into impact instantly.
In the subsequent chapter of the Britain’s Brexit saga, the nation has now entered an 11-month transition interval whereas the UK and Brussels negotiate a free commerce settlement.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated he needs a complete deal overlaying all points of Britain’s future relationship with the EU, together with safety.
The Prime Minister is adamant he is not going to ponder any extension of the transition interval past the tip of 2020.