The BBC reports:
The UK has officially left the European Union after 47 years of membership – and more than three years after it voted to do so in a referendum. The historic moment, which happened at 23:00 GMT, was marked by both celebrations and anti-Brexit protests.
Candlelit vigils were held in Scotland, which voted to stay in the EU, while Brexiteers partied in London’s Parliament Square. Boris Johnson has vowed to bring the country together and “take us forward”.
In a message released on social media an hour before the UK’s departure, the prime minister said: “For many people this is an astonishing moment of hope, a moment they thought would never come. And there are many of course who feel a sense of anxiety and loss.”
Tonight we have left the EU – an extraordinary turning point in the life of this country. Let us come together now to make the most of all the opportunities Brexit will bring – and let’s unleash the potential of the whole UK. 🇬🇧
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) January 31, 2020
— euronews (@euronews) January 31, 2020
Breaking News: Britain has now officially left the European Union, embarking on an uncertain future as it begins to sever ties after nearly half a century https://t.co/SzofMoZfYM
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 31, 2020
— Thomas Sparrow (@Thomas_Sparrow) January 31, 2020
I am pleased the UK and EU have agreed on a #Brexit deal that honors the will of the British people. We will continue building upon our strong, productive, and prosperous relationship with the UK as they enter this next chapter.
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) January 31, 2020
Also. Brexit fireworks can fuck off. Celebrating the dumbest decision we ever made.
— Georgie Bingham (@georgiebingham) January 31, 2020