On the 31 January 2020, Great Britain left the European Union. After over three years of negotiations, deadline extensions and countrywide tension, the government is now looking towards the UK's future.
Owing to Boris Johnson's landslide victory in the December elections, the Conservatives secured enough seats to pass a withdrawal deal and push the country over the Brexit finish line. Though nothing will happen overnight, the 11 month transition period will give the UK time to try and seal the final details of the agreement and secure new trade deals.
"We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started, and know the place for the first time."
“Happy Brexit Day! At last, the day comes when we break free. A massive victory for the people against the establishment....11 pm tonight marks the point of no return. Once we Leave, we will never rejoin the European Union. Time to celebrate.”
"Looking forward to lots of trade deals being announced tomorrow. I’ve been told the rest of the world is desperate, DESPERATE to do deals with us...after they’ve done deals with the US, China, Russia and the EU."
JACOB REES MOGG – LEAVE
"The electorate, the British people, the most patient and forbearing in the world, will finally have their decisiveness rewarded and, thanks to the General Election result, we will have got Brexit done."
MICHEL BARNIER – REMAIN
“Today my thoughts go to the millions of British citizens who are sad, as we are sad today.”
MICHAEL GOVE – LEAVE
“We are an independent country. We will make our own decisions. We will be an independent coastal state. We will be in control of all waters within 200 miles. If they want to fish in it we will decide.”
"We do anticipate a slight improvement in the economy in 2020 compared to 2019, as the first element of the Brexit uncertainty unwinds, and as the world economy seems a little less anaemic."
"My hope is that Brexit will bring a fresh wave of patriotism: for far too long the trend has been to rubbish our country, when actually we have a huge amount to offer and I think most voters know it."
"I think it is fair to say ‘our European friends and neighbours’ as Johnson likes to call them, have behaved with somewhat more dignity and respect than the 'Farage flag wavers' and 'Brextremist BigBenBongers'."
PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON
"This is a fantastic moment in the life of our country. There are very few moments that can be called a historic turning point – and this is it. This is not the end, or the beginning of the end, it's the beginning of the beginning. This is a turning point in the life of our nation."
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