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Brexit day: UK leaves the European Union


After three-and-a-half years of turmoil and rancour, Boris Johnson will today hail “the dawn of a new era” for Britain as he celebrates Brexit Day.




In a broadcast to the nation at 10pm tonight - an hour before the UK finally breaks free of the EU - the Prime Minister will urge the country to look forward, not back, saying “this is not an end, but a beginning...a moment of real national renewal and change”.

Mr Johnson kicked off the day's events with a special Cabinet meeting this morning in Sunderland, which was first to declare a Leave vote in the 2016 EU referendum. He told ministers they must focus on delivering the benefits that come from Britain’s new-found freedom from Brussels.