UK officially exits the European Union

London: UK has completed its economic break from the European Union, ending five-decade partnership and turning the page on Brexit.

Turning its back on a tempestuous 48-year liaison with the European project for an uncertain post-Brexit future is the most significant geopolitical shift for the country since the loss of Britain's empire.

Brexit, in essence, took place at the strike of midnight in Brussels, or 2300 London time (GMT), when the United Kingdom ended the de facto membership, known as the transition period, which lasted 11 months after it formally left on Jan. 31.

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