Three and a half years after the referendum on Britain’s exit from the European Union, Brexit nevertheless took place. This happened at 23:00 London time (02:00 Minsk time) on January 31, 2020.
On this occasion, the flags of the United Kingdom were raised on Parliament Square in London, and a projection of hours that counted down the time until the country left the EU appeared on the wall of the Prime Minister’s residence on Downing Street. Brexit supporters gathered in the square, including Nigel Faraj, leader of the Brexit party.
No triumphs have been planned in this country in the country, since almost half of the voters voted against Brexit. Also in Britain issued 3 million commemorative 50-pence coins. By the way, they have already been issued twice, but since the date of the country’s exit from the EU was postponed, the coins were remelted.
The prime minister promised that he would celebrate the event respectfully to various points of view on the “Brexit”.
On January 29, the European Parliament passed the final vote on Britain’s withdrawal from the EU, after which the European deputies emotionally said goodbye to their 73 British colleagues: there were hugs, warm words and songs. And on January 31, the British flag was removed from the flagpole near the European Parliament building in Brussels.
How it all began and what will happen next
Great Britain has been a member of the EU for 47 years. On June 23, 2016, the United Kingdom voted to leave the country from the European Union. Supporters of Brexit won by a slight margin of vote – 51.9 percent. Prime Minister David Cameron, at which a referendum was held, resigned. Theresa May took his place, however, and she left the post two years later. Under her rule the government could not agree on a plan for the country’s exit from the EU. The date of “Brexit” was postponed several times.
In the summer of 2019, Boris Johnson, one of the most ardent supporters of leaving the EU, took the post of prime minister.
The formal UK exit from the EU will not change anything for ordinary citizens until the end of 2020. British citizens will be able to travel freely on the continent until the end of the year, EU citizens will be able to get a job in the kingdom under the same conditions as the British, nothing will change in trade either.
For politicians, a busy time will begin. Britain will leave the EU structures that make decisions. The next 11 months will be a transitional period, during which Britain and the EU will have to resolve many issues pending for later, including immigration and free trade with the EU and with major partners. Negotiations will start on March 3.