The breakup is official: On January 31, 2020, at 11 pm local time (6 pm ET), the United Kingdom left the European Union.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave a brief address ahead of big moment, where he struck an optimistic note about Britain’s future outside of the UK.
The most important thing to say tonight is that this is not an end, but a beginning,” the prime minister said. “This is the moment when the dawn breaks and the curtain goes up on a new act in our great national drama.”
A countdown clock projected onto his residence …