Updated: February 1, 2020 6:14:36 am
The UK’s divorce from the European Union (EU) got here into drive on Friday evening as it turned the primary nation to exit the financial bloc after 47 years of membership following the vote in favour of Brexit in June 2016.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hailed the historic second as the dawn of a new period for the UK in his tackle to the nation simply earlier than Brexit.
Brexit got here into drive at 11:00 pm (2300 GMT).
“This is the moment when the dawn breaks and the curtain goes up on a new act in our great national drama,” stated Johnson, in his video message which promised hope and alternative to each a part of the United Kingdom.
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“It is not just about some legal extrication. It is potentially 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,” he stated.
While there can be little change immediately as the UK and EU enter right into a pre-agreed interval of transition from Saturday till the tip of December, the method of full extrication from the now 27-member financial bloc will start instantly.
Johnson was eager to focus on his imaginative and prescient of a pleasant negotiation course of for each side to thrash out a new buying and selling relationship as the start of a “new era of friendly cooperation” between the EU and an lively Britain.
Celebrating the UK’s “recaptured sovereignty” to ship the adjustments the June 2016 referendum vote signified, he famous, “Whether that is by controlling immigration or creating freeports or liberating our fishing industry or doing free trade deals…is the right and healthy and democratic thing to do.”
On a vital word on the EU’s evolution over the interval of the UK’s membership, he added, “Because for all its strengths and for all its admirable qualities, the EU has evolved over 50 years in a direction that no longer suits this country.”
“And that is a judgment that you, the people, have now confirmed at the polls.”
The Conservative Party chief took cost at Downing Street final 12 months with a “no ifs, no buts” pledge to go away the EU. His General Election marketing campaign pegged across the “Get Brexit Done” message final December gained him a thumping majority, after which Britain’s exit from the bloc additionally turned a certainty as his Brexit invoice simply crossed the parliamentary hurdle.
Acknowledging the long-drawn divorce course of and the deep Remain versus Brexit divide inside the UK, Johnson stated, “Tonight we’re leaving the European Union. For many individuals that is an astonishing second of hope, a second they thought would by no means come and there are a lot of after all who really feel a way of tension and loss.
“I understand all those feelings, and our job as the government – my job – is to bring this country together now and take us forward.”
As a part of that forward-looking agenda, the federal government will kick off its “GREAT Ready to Trade” marketing campaign throughout 13 nations, together with India, from Saturday. Johnson has repeatedly dedicated himself to a “new and improved” buying and selling relationship with India and now as a non-member of the EU, the UK is free to push forward with these talks unrestricted by the financial bloc’s guidelines.
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