UK finally leaves European Union after 47 years of membership
LONDON: The United Kingdom has officially left the European Union after 47 years of membership and more than three years after it voted to do so in a referendum.
Candle light vigils were held in Scotland which voted to stay in the EU, while Brexiteers partied in London’s Parliament Square.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson marked the historic moment with his team at his Downing Street office. He vowed to bring the country together and take it forward.
Later, officials of the EU removed the British flag at European Union Council in Brussels.
Brexit was originally scheduled for March 31, 2019, but was repeatedly delayed when Members of the Parliament rejected a previous withdrawal agreement reached by the EU and former prime minister Theresa May.
On Jan 24, the Brexit Treaty had been signed by top officials of the European Union.
EU Council President Charles Michel had said on Twitter that he and EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen had signed the Agreement.
President of the European Council, Charles Michel had posted a tweet confirming the signing of the Withdrawal agreement.
Earlier last month, the British parliament had approved the Brexit Bill after three days of debate, allowing it to leave the European Union by the end of January. House of Commons had passed the bill by 330-231.