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Brexit: UK to quit EU at 23:00 GMT, as PM promises 'new dawn'

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    In a video message to be released an hour earlier, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will call Brexit - which follows more than three years of political wrangling - a "new dawn". Brexit: UK to quit EU at 23:00 GMT, as PM promises 'new dawn'
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In a video message to be released an hour earlier, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will call Brexit - which follows more than three years of political wrangling - a "new dawn".

The UK will leave the EU at 23:00 GMT, ending 47 years of membership.

In a video message to be released an hour earlier, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will call Brexit - which follows more than three years of political wrangling - a "new dawn".

A series of events including marches, celebrations and candlelit vigils will be held by both Brexiteers and pro-EU demonstrators.

Little will change immediately, as the UK begins a "transition period".

Most EU laws will continue to be in force - including the free movement of people - until the end of December, by which time the UK aims to have reached a permanent free trade agreement with the EU.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn urged the country not to "turn inwards" and instead "build a truly internationalist, diverse and outward-looking Britain".

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme the UK "must be united in a common vision for our country, however great our differences on achieving it".

Former Prime Minister David Cameron, who led the campaign to remain in the EU during the 2016 referendum, called it a "very big day for our country", adding that he believed the UK could "make a success of the choice that we made".

And Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage said: "At last the day comes when we break free. A massive victory for the people against the establishment."