The United Kingdom left the European Union at the stroke of 11pm GMT

Britain formally withdrew from the European Union at 11 p.m. on Friday, after nearly half a century of membership.

A deeply divided United Kingdom has officially ended its 47 years of European Union membership as the clock strikes 11pm in London and midnight in Brussels — and the slated 11-month ‘transition period’ has formally begun.

The long and rocky road to the divorce began three-and-a-half years ago when 52 percent of Brits voted to cut their losses and take their country out of the 28-member bloc (now 27).

Three prime ministers, two general elections, and plenty of national anxiety and rancor later, the day has finally arrived, in a moment long-awaited by some and desperately dreaded by others.

US Ambassador to the UK Robert W Johnson said: “President Donald J. Trump has long supported the United Kingdom’s sovereign decision to withdraw from the European Union. Now that the UK is back in control of its own trade policy, we look forward to achieving a broad Free Trade Agreement that will increase prosperity and create jobs in both our countries.”

The presidents of the three main EU institutions — Charles Michel, David Sassoli and Ursula von der Leyen — said in a joint statement that it was “a day of reflection and mixed emotions”.

What are the immediate changes?
While Britain’s exit from the EU is a seismic political event which will eventually transform London’s relationship with the bloc, at first, not a huge amount will actually change in practice for citizens.

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