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The #British cast off with the #European #Union on #Thursday, after four and a half years of a tumultuous #Brexit saga, to begin a new chapter in their history amid a deep crisis.

#After half a century of #European integration, the famous #Big #Ben bell will ring at 11:00 p.m. (local and GMT) in #London (midnight in #Brussels). #Brexit will then become a reality for the country, which officially left the EU on #January 31 but benefited from a transitional period to cushion the shock.

“The destiny of this great country is now firmly in our hands,” said #Prime #Minister #Boris #Johnson, the great architect of this exit, after the express ratification on #Wednesday by the #British #Parliament of the free trade agreement signed. the same day with the #European #Union.

#In #Dover (south-east), whose port is at the forefront of trade with the EU, residents are divided between hope for a new era and fear of disturbances, such as the recent monster truck queues in the area.

#Aaron #Kinnear, unemployed, has “hopes that in the end we will be fine.” #But #Kirk #Hughes, who works in IT, feels “a little nervous”, expecting “a few weeks of transition”.

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#On the other side of the #Channel, #François #Graffin, 59, has a “big heartache”, as he arrives in a hurry at #Gare du #Nord to take the last #Eurostar of the year bound for #London .

“”I’m going to get my things in #London and I’m coming back to settle in #France, for family reasons and also the uncertainty linked to #Brexit. #It’s going to be weird,” he explains.

– #Customs controls –

A few hours before the finalization of the amicable divorce, the pound sterling soared to its highest in two and a half years, the risk of a “no deal” now excluded.

The trade agreement reached in extremis indeed avoids a too abrupt rupture, even if the free movement allowing the goods as well as the people to cross the border without hindrance will end – except for the people moving between #Spain and the #British enclave. from #Gibraltar, under an agreement reached on #Thursday.

#Exporters and importers will face new formalities and goods may be slowed down at borders by controls.

#Unlike the EU, the #British government has decided to gradually implement customs controls, which will not affect all goods until #July. #He does not expect big disruptions in the coming days, although he fears that up to half of exporting SMEs are not ready.

#Since the referendum of #June 2016, won at 51.9% by the “leave” camp, it will have taken three #Prime #Ministers, hours of heated nightly parliamentary debates in #Westminster and three postponements for the #United #Kingdom to really cut ties, first country to do so, 47 years after joining the #European project in 1973.

#Like this painful process, it was not until #Christmas #Eve to see the laborious negotiations lead to a trade agreement, leaving only a few days to implement its 1,246 pages.

MEPs will vote on the text in the first quarter of 2021, with the text applying by then on a provisional basis.

#Much to the relief of whole swathes of highly connected economies, the EU is giving the UK duty-free and quota-free access to its market of 450 million consumers. #But it provides, in order to avoid any unfair competition, for sanctions and compensatory measures in the event of non-compliance with its rules on state aid, the environment, labor law and taxation.

#Financial companies, a major sector in #London, will lose their automatic right to offer their services in the EU, while #British fishermen are disappointed that they still have to share a large part of their waters with #Europeans.

#Another major sector of the UK economy, services are not covered by the agreement.

– #Challenges –

#For #Boris #Johnson, who triumphed at the polls in 2019 on the promise to achieve #Brexit, it remains a victory.

#But it is in difficulty by the #Covid-19 pandemic, with hospitals on the verge of rupture, an outbreak of contaminations and a large part of the population reconfined, plunging the country, one of the most affected in #Europe with more of 72,500 dead, in a deep crisis.

#Beyond that, the challenges are considerable for the leader, who has promised to give the #United #Kingdom a new place in the world, summed up by the slogan “#Global #Britain”. The government has already signed trade agreements with several countries, including #Japan, mostly supposed to replace existing agreements through the EU, and is also eyeing the #United #States. #But he will lose a weighty ally with the departure of #Donald #Trump, a convinced #Brexiter unlike his successor #Joe #Biden.

#Boris #Johnson must also bring together #Britons who have torn apart over #Brexit, to the point of seeing the country’s unity crack, with #Northern #Ireland and #Scotland having voted in majority against leaving the EU.



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