The United Kingdom has officially left the European Union after 47 years of membership.
This exit is coming after more than three years the UK voted to do so in a referendum.
The historic moment, which happened on Friday night was marked by both celebrations and anti-Brexit protests.
Candlelit vigils were held in Scotland to protest against the exit of the UK from European Union.
While Brexiteers in favor celebrated the exit as they partied in London’s Parliament Square.
In a message released on social media an hour before the UK’s departure, the prime minister Boris Johnson 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 added that;
And then of course there is a third group – perhaps the biggest – who had started to worry that the whole political wrangle would never come to an end.
I understand all those feelings and our job as the government – my job – is to bring this country together now and take us forward.
Boris expressed that;
For all its strengths and for all its admirable qualities, the EU has evolved over 50 years in a direction that no longer suits this country. The most important thing to say tonight is that this is not an end but a beginning and a moment of real national renewal and change.
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 the Brexit Leader, 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.
Under the terms of the withdrawal agreement between the UK and the EU, Britain now enters a transition period until December 31 2020.
This means London will abide by most EU laws while their future relationship is hashed out.
The prime minister after this exit will be to find a way to repair the country’s divisions for the next five years.