The United Kingdom today left the European Union after three and a half year of Brexit negotiations. The UK was a member of the EU for the past 47 years.
After a 2016 referendum of UK voters resulted in a 52-48 percent win for the “leave” campaign, the country’s membership officially ceased at 23:00 GMT (midnight Brussels time).
An hour before the UK’s membership expired, Prime Minister Boris Johnson called it an “astonishing moment of hope” in a televised address to the nation.
He said this was the moment the country would “begin to unite and level up”, promising the largest revival of infrastructure since the era of Queen Victoria, who reigned between 1837 and 1901.
A Brexit celebration event is taking place in a packed Parliament Square in London
Earlier, supporters of the EU held a procession through Whitehall to “bid a fond farewell” to the union. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn urged the country not to “turn inwards” after it leaves the bloc