BRITAIN has now officially left the EU some 4 years, 6 months and 8 days after the leave vote – as Boris Johnson hails a new era.
As of 11pm on Thursday, December 31, 2020, the UK is now a sovereign nation, after the last minute clinching of a future trading agreement worth £660billion as the transition period officially ends.
Haling the freedom of “Brexit Day, on January 1, the PM said: “This is an amazing moment for this country. We have our freedom in our hands and it is up to us to make the most of it.”
Britain will be an “open, generous, outward-looking, internationalist and free trading global” country again – and he vowed: “2021 is the year we can do it.”
Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage said December 31 is a “moment to celebrate 2021 as an independent United Kingdom”.
He told PA: “Yes, we spare a thought for Northern Ireland and our fishermen, but this is a moment to celebrate 2021 as an independent United Kingdom. It’s a shame the pubs aren’t open.”
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