Britain officially leaves E.U. in what some call a grassroots victory

At 11 p.m. Jan. 31, 2020, London time – midnight in Brussels – Britain officially left the European Union (EU).

In a public statement broadcast on Facebook one hour before Brexit, Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised a “new era of friendly cooperation” with the European Union. He also said there may be “bumps in the road” ahead but vowed that the departure was an opportunity for “stunning success.”

“The most important thing to say tonight is that this is not an end but a beginning,” he said from Downing Street.

“For many people, this is an astonishing moment of hope, a moment they thought would never come,” said Johnson. “And there are many of course who feel a sense of anxiety and loss.”

My address to the nation

My address to the nation

Posted by Boris Johnson on Friday, January 31, 2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson broadcast a statement on Facebook Jan. 31, 2020.

Britain left the EU 1,317 days after voting to leave in a grassroots movement.

Still, almost half of the population wanted to stay in the EU.

On June 23, 2016, the United Kingdom (UK) voted to leave the European Union (EU): 

  • Nationally, the result of the referendum was that 17.4 million people (51.9 per cent of the total) voted to leave the EU, and 16.1 million (48.1 per cent) voted to remain.
  • In the Dover district, 40,410 people (62.2%) voted to leave and 24,606 (37.8 per cent) voted to remain in the EU. 

Now London and Brussels will work out the terms of their future ties. There will be a transition period until the end of 2020, while the UK and EU negotiate additional arrangements.

The UK Government invoked Article 50 of the Treaty of the European Union in March 2017, triggering a two-year process of negotiations, culminating in the UK formally leaving the European Union on March 29, 2019, or at the end of any agreed extension or transition period.

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Updated Feb. 1, 9:44 a.m.

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