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At 2300 GMT UK will quit EU, Boris hails dawn of new era

Feb 01, 2020 07:45 IST

At 11 pm Friday UK time, Britain's exit from the European Union came into effect, three years after the landmark Brexit vote. However, the UK will continue to follow EU rules and procedures until the end of a pre-agreed transition period, which runs until December end 2020. In a video message, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said, "This is the moment when the dawn breaks and the curtain goes up on a new act. It is a moment of real national renewal and change". The end to the UK’s 47-year membership of the economic bloc will be marked by pro-Brexit celebrations at Parliament Square in London. Also all major government buildings will be lit up in its red, white and blue colours. A new commemorative 50-pence coin with the message “Peace prosperity and friendship with all nations” will also go into circulation.