After 3.5 years, three prime ministers and seemingly infinite votes in Parliament because the 2016 Brexit referendum, Britain, lastly becomes the primary ever nation to go away the European Union at 11:01 p.m. GMT on Friday.
Regardless of this cataclysmic occasion, nearly the entire rapid adjustments can be invisible to the public. The UK will enter the transition interval that was agreed between the British authorities and the EU. And the phrases of that settlement imply that for the next 11 months, the UK stays an EU member state in all however identify.
The UK formally leaves the EU. Prime Minister Boris Johnson will handle the nation in what will be presumed to be an optimistic message. Different Brexiteers can be celebrating in grander fashion, as events are being held throughout the nation — together with one reverse the Homes of Parliament, the physique that thwarted Brexit so many occasions in 2019.
Stay voters can be holding related protest occasions throughout Britain. The temper in Brussels can be somber. The Union flag will probably be faraway from all EU establishments (certainly one of which can be positioned in a museum in Brussels), and senior EU politicians will most likely make statements expressing that this can be a sad day for Europe and that they wish to stay the closest of friends with Europe.
In idea, quite a bit; in observe, little or no. The UK is perhaps leaving the EU; however, as of 11:01 p.m., it’ll proceed to obey all EU legislation and European courts. Within the coming months, it can proceed to pay into the EU price range and adjust to any adjustments to EU regulation. That signifies that the one issues that can change are largely symbolic. The UK will stop to have any significant illustration in EU establishments and can now not attend any conferences of EU leaders. So will probably be obeying EU guidelines whereas having no say in EU coverage. The top of section one marks the beginning of phase 2. And if the past three and a half years have been something to go by, section two goes to be much more of a nightmare than section one.