By Sarah Mazirwe – Kampala, Uganda, and Eric Tataw – Washington DC, USA, Friday, January 31, 2020.
The negotiations for the United Kingdom (UK) to leave the European Union have been on a standoff for almost three-and-a-half years finally came to an end. At 11 p.m. GMT and 6 p.m. Washington DC time, Britain officially left the European Union.
The Brexit deal involved bomboclaat negotiations of three prime ministers since 2016 in Brexit Referendum. UK will enter the transition period that was agreed between the British government and the EU.
The transition period is due to end on December 31, 2020, National Telegraph can confirm. The agreement means that the UK remains an EU member state in all but name, for the next 11 months. UK will continue to obey all EU law and European courts.
In the coming months, it will continue to pay into the EU budget and comply with any changes to EU law. The deal also means that the UK will cease to have any meaningful representation in EU institutions and will no longer attend any meetings of EU leaders. So it will be obeying EU rules while having no say in EU policy.
Doing businesses and traveling in the UK will operate as normal, which means that customers will not be affected in trading, during the transition stage. What the UK needs in 2020 for successful withdrawal from the EU is to discuss its future relationships with the EU in the remaining 11 months.
If it fails to reach an agreement in the agreed time would mean the hardest catastrophe on Britain. Failure to reach an agreement would cause economic damage for both UK and the EU and the entire world.
Formal negotiations will begin on March 3. In the meantime, both sides will outline their priorities and draw their red lines. With all the events that will occur amidst from today to January 1, 2021, when Brexit transition period will come to an end, the EU rules and regulations will cease to apply to the UK.
On January 1, 2021, EU freedom of movement will be brought to an end and the UK’s new post-Brexit immigration system will be rolled out. The Australian-style points-based system is expected to treat migrants from across the world the same, ending preferential treatment for those from Europe.
Parliament Square and the Mall, the ceremonial avenue leading to Buckingham Palace, and government buildings were lit up in the red, white and blue of the Union Jack and flags lined all the way.
At 10 Downing Street, the prime minister’s official residence, a commemorative light placed and countdown clock projected. “Our job as the government, my job is to bring this country together and take us forward,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said an hour before the UK’s exit. Johnson furthered that “This is not an end but a beginning. This is the moment when the dawn breaks and the curtain goes up on a new act.”
French President Emmanuel Macron said the UK’s departure from the EU is a “historic alarm signal that must ring in each of our countries to be heard by all of Europe and make us reflect.” he also said it was “a sad day.” “There is no denying it,” he added, “but it is also a day that must lead us to proceed differently.” while calling for a ”powerful” and efficient European Union.