The United Kingdom is no longer a member of the European Union

The United Kingdom is no longer a member of the European Union

The United Kingdom has left the European Union. British membership in the European Union expired at midnight CET at midnight.

In the history of the European Union and its predecessors, there was no example of a full member leaving until Brexit.

The United Kingdom spent 47 years and a month as a member of European Communities and then the European Union,

Because he entered society on January 1, 1973 under the leadership of the then Conservative Prime Minister, Sir Edward Heath.

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On Friday evening, the British flag was raised from the European Council of Heads of State and Government, then from the European Parliament in Brussels and Strasbourg, and finally from the column next to the headquarters of the European Commission that carried the European Union’s 28 flag. Member States.

In London, the world-famous Parliament clock bell, Big Ben – who was recalled from the recording – said goodbye to the European Union and then displayed a stylized image of the British flag on the wall of the Prime Minister’s office in Downing Street.

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in a message issued just prior to the exit, said that the development trend of the European Union no longer meets Britain’s needs. For many, he said Brexit was a “wonderful moment of hope”, a moment they thought would never come.

He added that the most important thing is to say that Brexit is not the end of something, but the beginning when “the curtain is raised before the new chapter of our great national drama.”

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According to Johnson, the way out is also partly about “restoring sovereignty” to be used to implement the changes that people vote on, whether it’s to control immigration, create free ports, “liberalize” British fishing policy, enter free trade agreements, or simply that we might create Our own laws and regulations are in the interest of the people of the country. “

The transition period is coming

At the moment of the exit, the transition period, expected to be 11 months on Saturday, began at zero on December 31, one of its main goals is to give London and the European Union time to agree on the pivotal rules for a future bilateral relationship. Until then, most of the current set of rules will remain in effect with the European Union, that is, at least until the end of this year there will be no major change in areas such as EU citizens’ rights, entry, immigration regulation, aviation or trade.

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One of the UK government’s main goals is to conclude a comprehensive bilateral free trade agreement with the European Union, including services, but a regulatory agreement is also needed during this period in areas such as judicial cooperation in criminal matters, medicine and aviation safety, hunting rights or policy. Defense and Security.

Michel Barnier, chief negotiator for the European Commission on Brexit, is set to present the priorities and key details of the EU’s negotiating mandate for the transition period at a news conference on Monday.

The European Union opened an external mission in London

The European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell announced after midnight that the EU’s diplomatic mission in London will be operating at full capacity starting Saturday, with a special focus on ensuring the rights of EU citizens. He pointed out that the economic, social and political relations between the European Union and the United Kingdom will not end, and the two parties will remain in close contact. He understood that the Union was committed to building a new and ambitious partnership in trade, economic cooperation, law enforcement and justice, as well as foreign policy, security and defense.

Shortly before leaving, Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, said in Brussels that the best and closest cooperation possible with the United Kingdom should be established, although it will never be and never will be as if it was still a federation. .

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Charles Michel stressed that EU member states share common goals and common ideas about where to turn and are committed to addressing the major challenges of this era. He added that the European Union is able to respond to challenges, but only through peoples, states, the European Union and national institutions.

David Sassoli said that the waiting period for the two parties will bear many tasks, but with good faith and determination, it is possible to build a lasting, positive and forward-looking partnership.

Friday night, thousands of supporters of the most extreme anti-European Union force, the Brexit Party led by Nigel Farage, celebrated Brexit in London in front of Parliament.

At the same time, pro-EU politicians in Scotland and Northern Ireland raised the possibility of their country seceding and re-joining the European Union in their first statements. The main demonstrators in the European Union also organized a candlelit vigil in major Scottish cities, remembering that the vast majority of the country had rejected Brexit. Scottish Prime Minister Nicolas Sturgeon recently told BBC television that she is convinced that Scotland, as an independent country, can return to the European Union in a relatively short time.

The European Union’s Court of Justice is also affected by Brexit

The term of the British members of the Foundation will also expire on January 31. The number of public defenders will not change.

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