The United Kingdom’s three and a half years wish to be out of the European Union has now finally been revived.
It all happened around midnight, on 31 January 2020, when the people’s wish “expressed” on a referendum came to life.
After 47 years of membership, the UK has officially left the European Union, causing a lot of debate in the UK and worldwide, if this decision was the right thing to do.
For this historic moment, some of the UK citizens decided to celebrate it in pubs or clubs, even burning EU flags on the streets, while the anti-Brexit citizens protested against the referendum.
According to the agreement between the UK and the EU, Britain now enters a transition period until the end of 2020, meaning London will abide by most EU laws while their future relationship is hashed out.
The majority part of EU laws will continue to be in force, including the freedom of movement between the UK and the EU continuing during this time, until 31 December, when the transition period comes to an end.
One thing that will need to be renewed earlier, according to the British government website, are the passports.
Passports may need to be renewed earlier as, on the day of travel, at least six months validity is needed according to the EU travel rules. The passport will also need to be less than 10 years old. Pets will not be able to travel under the current pet passport scheme and will need to follow a different process which takes four months, VisaGuide.World reports.
Even though now the UK is officially out of the European Union, there is a lot of work that the UK still has to do.
According to the professor of international politics at the University of Birmingham, Scott Lucas, this process is not even in the halfway point.
“We are not even at the halfway point in this process. We are only going into the tough negotiations with the European Union – on the economic relationship; on the status of Northern Ireland; on industry, agriculture, banking and finance,” he declared in a pronouncement for Al Jazeera.
The UK now is aiming to sign a permanent free trade agreement with the EU, along the lines of the one the EU has with Canada.
There are many other aspects of the future UK-EU relationship that also need to be decided. Aside from the trade; law enforcement, data sharing and security, aviation standards and safety, access to fishing waters, supplies of electricity and gas, include some of these aspects.
Britain joined what was then European Economic Community on 1 January, 1973, at the third attempt. Two years later the country voted by an overwhelming majority to remain in the bloc in the first nationwide referendum.
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