With the advent of the new year, Britain has left the European Union completely, with the transition period ending.
The actual withdrawal from the European Union, Brexit, took place on New Year’s Day a year ago, but then began a transition period during which the two parties would agree on a trade agreement for the future.
Negotiating this agreement has not been the easiest. Made in various reboots throughout 2020 and only on Christmas Eve the UK and the remaining 27 EU countries agreed.
The British Parliament and the Queen approved the agreement the day before New Years Eve.
The Brexit transition period ended at midnight Central European Time, that is, when it was 1 pm in Finland and 11 pm in Great Britain.
In London, some city dwellers gathered, despite the restrictions of the Crown, for the Big Ben, which heralded a new era for Britain.
The Scottish sturgeon wants Europe to keep its light
In the UK, not everyone is at peace with withdrawal. For example, our collaborator Gustav Antel recently reported that he was unhappy in Northern Ireland with the trade agreement, and Scotland was opposed to Brexit.
Scottish Prime Minister Nicolas Sturgeon said earlier that Scots should be allowed to vote for independence again. Last night I wrote on Twitter that Scotland would meet with Europe.
It reads its message to the European Union “keep the light on”.
Sources: Reuters, Swedish Radio