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Britain Officially Exits the European Union, PM Johnson calls it an "Extraordinary Turning Point"

  • On Friday night, Britain officially exited the European Union (EU) and ended its 47-year old EU membership. Britain’s exit officially takes place 3-and-½ years after the Brexit referendum of 2016. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in his public address to the nation at 11 pm GMT called it an “extraordinary turning point in the life of this country”. With the official Brexit, Britain enters an 11-month transition period (agreed by both the EU and British government) till formal negotiations start on March 3. Though the British Flag (Union Jack) has been removed from all EU institutions, Britain will remain a member of the European Union and pay its share in the EU budget. During this 11-months period, Britain will continue obeying the EU law (any changes therein) and European courts.