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Brexit Day - UK Leaves EU After 47 Years Of European Membership

Britain officially leaves the European Union on Friday after a debilitating political period that has bitterly divided the nation since the 2016 Brexit referendum.

February 01, 2020

A countdown to Brexit timer and the colors of the British Union flag illuminate the exterior of 10 Downing street, the residence of the British Prime Minister, in London, England. Britain officially leaves the European Union after a debilitating political period that has bitterly divided the nation since the 2016 Brexit referendum.

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Brexit supporters celebrate during a rally outside Stormont in Belfast, Northern Ireland as Britain left the European Union.

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Britain's Foreign Office is lit up for the Brexit night, in London.

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A man walks by Britain's Foreign Office, lit up for the Brexit night, in London.

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Brexit supporters celebrate during a rally in London. Britain leaves the European Union after 47 years, leaping into an unknown future in historic blow to the bloc.

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Brexit supporters celebrate at George Square in Glasgow, England, as Britain left the European Union.

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Brexiteers celebrate in London. Britain officially leaves the European Union on Friday after a debilitating political period that has bitterly divided the nation since the 2016 Brexit referendum.

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Brexit supporters hold the Union Jack with a text reading "Goodbye EU" as they celebrate next to a person wearing the EU flag in London.

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The Big Ben's clock shows eleven o' clock in London. The U.K. officially departs the EU at 11 p.m. local time, midnight in Brussels (2300 GMT, 6 p.m. EST). The move comes 3½ years after the country voted by a margin of 52%-48% to walk away from the club that it had joined in 1973.

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Brexit supporters trample on a European Union flag during a rally in London.

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The Union flag is lowered and removed from outside of the European Parliament in Brussels. As the United Kingdom prepared to bring to an end its 47-year EU membership, the bloc's top officials on Friday pledged to continue playing a prominent role despite the loss of a powerful affiliate.

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A member of protocol removes the Union flag from the atrium of the Europa building in Brussels.

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A member of protocol removes the European Union flag from the UK Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels. As the United Kingdom prepared to bring to an end its 47-year EU membership, the bloc's top officials on Friday pledged to continue playing a prominent role despite the loss of a powerful affiliate.

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