UK officially leaves EU
UK officially leaves EU

The UK has officially left the European Union after 47 years of membership. The historic moment, which happened at 23:00 GMT, was marked by both celebrations and anti-Brexit protests.

Candlelit vigils were held in Scotland, which voted to stay in the EU, while Brexiteers partied in London’s Parliament Square.

In a message released on social media an hour before the UK’s departure, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “For many people this is an astonishing moment of hope, a moment they thought would never come. And there are many of course who feel a sense of anxiety and loss. And then of course there is a third 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.”

“The most important thing to say tonight is that this is not an end but a beginning and a moment of real national renewal and change, he added.

The European Parliament approved Brexit agreement on January 30. The vote was 621 to 49 in favor of the Brexit deal, 13 abstentions.