Brexit day live: the latest news as the UK leaves the European Union
The UK brought to an end nearly five decades of EU membership at 11pm on January 31. Follow the developments here
After three years, seven months, and eight days since the British public voted in the Brexit referendum, the United Kingdom formally left the EU at 11pm GMT on January 31.
The past 1,317 days have seen almost every twist and turn imaginable as a country grappled deep division and political and legal wranglings to reach to this stage.
Thousands of people turned out to mark the occasion in central London as UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson hailed "the dawn of a new era".
Follow the latest news and developments below.
- UK departure sealed with final Brussels vote
- 'Post-Brexit trade deal with US is a priority'
- Comment: The choice of the British people will be vindicated
- Essay: Britain slips its moorings
Updated: February 2, 2020 11:22 AM