It is confirmed and official, the British definitively left the European Union on Thursday 31 December 2020 after four years of Brexit.
After almost half a century of European integration, the Big Ben gongs resonated at 23:00 GMT to announce the divorce. It was midnight in Brussels, the capital of the European Union, and Brexit became a reality for British citizens. The country has thus officially left the Union, marked by a period of transition to exit smoothly from the European bloc.
A trade agreement was reached in extremis between Spain and the United Kingdom just before the separation. The goal is to avoid a brutal rupture and potentially harmful and devastating consequences from an economic point of view. In addition, new trade formalities will be imposed on exporters and importers, which could slow the flow of goods. Finance companies will be impacted. UK universities will no longer be eligible for the Erasmus exchange programme
It began with a referendum on 23 June 2016, a historic day in European history and also in the United Kingdom. 51.9% of the British voted “leave” ( leave). Rough times between the purveyors and defendants in the House of Parliament at Westminster Palace, three prime ministers and three postponements for the UK to cut ties with the EU.
“This is an extraordinary moment for this country. We have our freedom in our hands and it is up to us to make the most of it,’ said Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a televised speech on Thursday.