Brexit day: Here’s what top British newspapers say on UK leaving EU
For Prime Minister Boris Johnson -- one of the main leaders of the "Leave" campaign in the 2016 -- "this is the dawn of a new era". The departure on Friday will shape the fate of the UK -- and determine its wealth -- for generations to come.
As the UK is set to leave the European Union on Friday after 47 years, the country’s top dailies expressed both joy and remorse on Brexit day. Take a look:
The Daily Express – a tabloid that campaigned for the UK to leave the EU – said: “Yes, we did it!” The headline was imposed over a map of the UK made up of front pages from the newspaper from the 43 months since the June 2016 vote.
Another Brexit supporting tabloid, The Daily Mail said on its front page: “A new dawn for Britain”.
"At 11pm our proud nation finally leaves the EU, still a friend of Europe, but free and independent once more after 47 years."
The Sun's headline was "Our Time Has Come".
However, the pro-EU Guardian newspaper led its front page with the words "Small Island" and described Brexit as "the biggest gamble in a generation".
The Financial Times said: “Britain bows out of the EU with a mixture of optimism and regret.”
The Times’ front-page headline said: “PM wants Canada-style trade deal with Brussels", leading with an article on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's attempts to flesh out his ideas for a free trade agreement along the lines of a recent EU deal with Canada.
The Daily Telegraph said: “This is not an end but a beginning", and had remarks from Johnson ahead of a special cabinet meeting Friday in Sunderland. It was the first city to declare support for leaving the EU in the June 2016 referendum.
The Daily Mirror tabloid devoted most of its front page to the news that 150 Britons were in quarantine over coronavirus fears. On a smaller section of the page titled "Brexit Day", it said: "Now it's time to bring country back together."
The UK will slip away an hour before midnight from the club it joined in 1973, moving into the no man's land of a transition period that preserves membership in all but name until the end of this year.
At a stroke, the EU will be deprived of 15% of its economy, its biggest military spender and the world's international financial capital of London.
The divorce will shape the fate of the UK -- and determine its wealth -- for generations to come.
"This is the moment when the dawn breaks and the curtain goes up on a new act," Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to say in a television address.
"This is the dawn of a new era," Johnson, one of the main leaders of the "Leave" campaign in the 2016, is expected to say.
Beyond the symbolism of turning its back on 47 years of membership, little will actually change until the end of 2020, by which time Johnson has promised to strike a broad free trade agreement with the EU, the world's biggest trading bloc.
It is unclear how Brexit will play out for either the UK or the EU.
Brexiteers hope “independence” will herald democratic and economic reforms that will reshape the UK, propelling it ahead of its European rivals which they say are chained to the doomed euro.
On Friday, Brexiteers will celebrate on Parliament Square while some opponents of Brexit are also due to gather.
A Union Jack in the building of the European Council in Brussels will be lowered at 7 p.m. time (1800 GMT), and put away with the flags of non-EU countries.
Happy Brexit Day!— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) January 31, 2020
As the leader of a small country, I’ve felt enormous solidarity from our European partners. The past few years have demonstrated again that the EU is a union of nations, as well as of peoples. One in which small states are protected and respected. #BrexitDay— Leo Varadkar (@LeoVaradkar) January 31, 2020
BREXIT DAY????????is here!! A massive moment, I plan to smile all day!— Richard Tice (@TiceRichard) January 31, 2020