Big Ben heralds a new era

UAt 11.00 p.m. (00.00 a.m. CET), the chiming of Big Ben’s bell heralded a new chapter in the country’s history: After 47 years as part of the European community, Great Britain finally left the EU. At midnight (CET), a post-Brexit agreement came into force, which aims to avoid a severe economic break between the UK and the EU. At the Eurotunnel terminal in Calais, French officials began implementing the new customs formalities punctually at midnight, starting with a truck that came from Romania and transported mail and parcels. At midnight (CET), a post-Brexit agreement came into force, which aims to avoid a severe economic break between the UK and the EU.

“We hold our freedom in our hands and it is up to us to make the most of it,” Johnson said in his New Years address on Thursday evening. The UK could do things “differently – and if necessary better – than our friends in the EU,” said Johnson. The country could conclude “trade agreements around the world”.

The tabloid “Daily Express” featured the British flag with the words “Freedom” on the front page of its Friday edition and the headline was: “Our future. Our Great Britain. Our fate”. The left-liberal daily “The Guardian” put it somewhat more cautiously: “In the crisis, without fanfare, the United Kingdom is finally ending the European era.” Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon did not share Johnson’s euphoria and that of Brexit supporters: “Scotland will soon be back in Europe, ”she wrote on Twitter. Sturgeon is determined to hold a new referendum on independence from the UK.

No celebrations due to corona restrictions

Great Britain was the first country in the history of the European community to leave the EU on February 1st. Back then, the “Brexiteers” celebrated their exit from the EU on the streets, while the opponents of Brexit held vigils and lit candles. Because of the corona pandemic, no public events or celebrations are planned this year.

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