Britain is no longer part of the European Union; the Brexit enters into force with its transition period which will last until the end of the year. In London thousands of people followed the countdown projected on a giant screen and on the facade of Downing Street for the historic moment. 12 chimes were also played.
“Tonight, we leave the EU: for many people it is a moment of wonderful hope”. So, Boris Johnson, opened his speech to the nation on the night that marked the historic divorce in London, not without however remembering how many others feel a sense of anxiety and bewilderment instead. And as “a third group, perhaps the largest”, is above all relieved of the end of “political struggle” over Brexit.
All sentiments that Premier Tory claims to “understand”, now committing his government to “bring the country together to move forward” together. “The European Union, despite all its strengths and admirable qualities, has evolved in the last 50 years towards a direction that is no longer suitable” for the United Kingdom, added Boris Johnson, defining the choice healthy and democratic to restore sovereignty of the country on issues such as “immigration control”, trade, legislation.
A choice that the people confirmed not once, but twice: in the 2016 referendum and in the December elections. Brexit offers Britain the chance of a real renewal and change, with more equal opportunities and infrastructure investments that have not been seen since the Victorian era. Premier Tory evokes “a resounding success”, speaks of a Kingdom that is “European and global” at the same time and “a new beginning” also marked by relations of “friendly cooperation between an energetic Britain and the EU”.
Insisting on the “dawn of a new era”, he then relaunched the promise to fight crime, to improve public health and education, to modernize the country’s technologies. In addition to leveraging the renewed “independence” to take a leading role in foreign policy on climate change or human rights.
Then the final message: “I know we will succeed, however many obstacles there may be on the road. We have obeyed the will of the people. Now it is time to unleash the full potential of this splendid country, to make life better in every corner of our United Kingdom. ” London’s farewell opens a new era for the EU, now forced to redefine a common project, to avoid further divorces and regain the trust of public opinion. For more exclusive News From Europe