Brexit: in crisis, without fanfare, UK finally ends the EU era

Boris Johnson largely ignores Brexit in New Year message to focus on toll of Covid and ‘the grimness of 2020’

Four years, 27 weeks and two days after a referendum that split the country almost down the middle, the UK left the EU’s orbit on Thursday night in a departure that was notably low key, and marked by warnings of likely disruption to come.

In a sometimes sombre new year message, Boris Johnson largely ignored Brexit, an outcome he arguably shaped more than any other politician, to focus instead on the toll of Covid-19 and what he called “the grimness of 2020”.

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