Brexit: UK to quit EU at 23:00 GMT - BBC News

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  • Published on:  Friday, January 31, 2020
  • The UK will leave the EU at 23:00 GMT, ending 47 years of membership.

    In a video message to be released an hour earlier, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will call Brexit - which follows more than three years of political wrangling - a "new dawn".

    A series of events including marches, celebrations and candlelit vigils will be held by both Brexiteers and pro-EU demonstrators.

    Little will change immediately, as the UK begins a "transition period".

    Most EU laws will continue to be in force - including the free movement of people - until the end of December, by which time the UK aims to have reached a permanent free trade agreement with the EU.

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