BREXIT: UK LEAVES THE EUROPEAN UNION

• 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”.



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.


THE BREXIT PARTY LEADER SAID: “LET US CELEBRATE TONIGHT AS WE HAVE NEVER DONE BEFORE. “THIS IS THE GREATEST MOMENT IN THE MODERN HISTORY OF OUR GREAT NATION.” PRO-EU DEMONSTRATORS EARLIER STAGED A MARCH IN WHITEHALL TO BID A “FOND FAREWELL” TO THE UNION – AND ANTI-BREXIT RALLIES AND CANDLELIT VIGILS WERE HELD IN SCOTLAND. POLICE IN WHITEHALL ARRESTED FOUR MEN AND ALSO CHARGED ONE MAN WITH CRIMINAL DAMAGE AND BEING DRUNK AND DISORDERLY, WHILE IN GLASGOW ONE MAN WAS ARRESTED.

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.”


He said some had worried the political “wrangle” would not end but it was his job to take the country forward.


How did the UK mark the moment?

IMAGE CAPTIONBREXIT SUPPORTERS HELD A PARTY IN PARLIAMENT SQUARE

Brexit parties were held in pubs and social clubs across the UK as the country counted down to its official departure.


Hundreds gathered in Parliament Square to celebrate Brexit, singing patriotic songs and cheering speeches from leading Brexiteers, including Nigel Farage.


The Brexit Party leader said: “Let us celebrate tonight as we have never done before.


“This is the greatest moment in the modern history of our great nation.”


Pro-EU demonstrators earlier staged a march in Whitehall to bid a “fond farewell” to the union – and anti-Brexit rallies and candlelit vigils were held in Scotland.


Police in Whitehall arrested four men and also charged one man with criminal damage and being drunk and disorderly, while in Glasgow one man was arrested.


Meanwhile, other symbolic moments on a day of mixed emotions included: