There was a fair amount of anger but also some relief on the streets of London on Friday (January 31) as leavers celebrate and remainers mourn Brexit day.
The United Kingdom leaves the European Union at 2300 GMT on Friday, ending its 47-year membership of the world’s biggest trading bloc.
Britain will no longer be an EU member state from Saturday, but it will enter a transition period until the end of December that is meant to give citizens and businesses time to adapt while an agreement is hammered out on the shape of the future relationship.
Trade, fishing rights and a raft of other issues are up for discussion.
Many Londoners this morning were thrilled that Brexit day had finally arrived, whilst some wore black to mark the depressing day. Many were simply happy that more than three years of tortuous political wrangling over the divorce are over.
Supporters of Brexit are expected to gather in London’s Parliament Square to celebrate their victory 3-1/2 years after the referendum in which Britons voted by 52% to 48% to leave the EU.
(Production: Gerry Mey, Paul Hardy, Pari Zemaryalai, Tanya Lezaic)