Brexit: Britain to Formally Leave EU at 6 p.m. ET TODAY
Britain will officially exit the European Union today at 11 p.m. U.K. time (6 p.m. ET), following through almost four years after its people voted on a referendum to “leave” the Union.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to give a speech to the public around 5 p.m. ET after calling Brexit a “new dawn” for the country.
The 2016 populist vote to leave the E.U. occurred just months before the U.S. presidential election, with some claiming it set the stage for President Trump’s historic win.
The Daily Mail is reporting that Prime Minister Johnson will insist that Brexit marks “not an end, but a beginning” and hold a “symbolic Cabinet meeting” today in Sunderland, which was the first city to declare it supported Brexit in 2016 after the referendum results came out.
This government will unite and level up our country.
And as we build a new relationship with the EU, I urge everyone to find closure and let the healing begin. pic.twitter.com/DnEdK4uiKY
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) January 31, 2020
The Daily Mail writes:
Tonight he will stress his belief that the referendum was a vote not just to leave the EU, but also for lasting change in neglected areas of the country. Mr Johnson will describe Brexit as ‘the moment when the dawn breaks and the curtain goes up on a new act’.
He will go on: ‘It is a moment of real national renewal and change. This is the dawn of a new era in which we no longer accept that your life chances – your family’s life chances – should depend on which part of the country you grow up in.’
Brexit campaign leader Nigel Farage has been working to get Britain to leave the EU for 27 years and told Breitbart Radio that today is the “beginning of the end” for the European Union.
“It will take time, but I’m confident we will head towards a Europe of sovereign nations working and trading together, operating under fee markets and democratic principles,” he said.
“Brexit is not just historic for the United Kingdom, it is historic for the whole of Europe, and indeed politics across the whole West.”
Very little will change immediately after the U.K. leaves the E.U. and the nation will enter a twilight period where it will continue to follow all EU laws, but will no longer have Members of European Parliament, nor have a seat at the EU leaders’ table.
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