January 31, 2020 / 11:16 PM / 22 days ago

Britain Brexits - United Kingdom leaves the European Union

People celebrate Britain leaving the EU on Brexit day in London, Britain, January 31, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) - The United Kingdom finally cast off from the European Union on Friday for an uncertain Brexit future, turning its back on post-World War Two attempts to unite the once warring nations of Europe into a global power.

In its biggest geopolitical shift since the loss of its sprawling empire, the United Kingdom slipped away at 2300 GMT - ending 47 years of membership in a step cast by Prime Minister Boris Johnson as the dawn of new era.

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton; editing by Andy Bruce

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