The United Kingdom leaves the European Union for an uncertain Brexit future, the most significant change to its place in the world since the loss of empire and a blow to 70 years of efforts to forge European unity from the ruins of war.
The U.K. slipping away an hour before midnight Friday, from the club it joined in 1973, moving into the no man's land of a transition period.
There were mixed headlines across Britain's newspapers "A new dawn for Britain" read one, while another simply said '"Small Island." Messages too, projected onto to the White Cliffs of Dover from British war veterans against Brexit.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) 97-YEAR-OLD WAR VETERAN, BRIGADIER STEPHEN GOODALL, SAYING: "I like to be called a European." (SOUNDBITE) (English) 95-YEAR-OLD WAR VETERAN, SID, SAYING: "First of all I'm Welsh, and I'm British, and I'm European and I'm a human being." Across the water in France, the front pages focused on the final countdown, with headlines such as "It's time" and "Europe without them." Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar was one of the first leaders on Friday to bid farewell.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) IRISH PRIME MINISTER LEO VARADKAR, SAYING: "We do hope it works out for them, but if it does not, there will always be a seat for the United Kingdom at the European table." That table is about to be starved of 15 percent of its economy, its biggest military spender and the world's international financial capital of London.
Brexiteers hope independence will bring democratic and economic reforms that will reshape the UK, propelling it ahead of its European rivals.
For now though, the symbolism of Brexit is the focus.
The Union Jack in the building of the European Council in Brussels will be lowered on Friday and put away with the flags of non-EU countries.
Theresa May has said she will not support the government’s controversial Brexit legislation, warning it will cause "untold damage" to the UK and threaten the future of the Union. The former prime minister accused the government of acting "recklessly and irresponsibly" without thinking of the long-term consequences by its willingness to breach international law. Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
The Irish Government has announced plans to tighten its coronavirusrestrictions in Dublin. Deputy Prime Minister Leo Varadkar warned that withoutfurther action there was a very real threat that Dublin could return to theworst days of the crisis.
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Veteran politician and former RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh died on September 13 at AIIMS Delhi. The 74-year-old had tested positive for COVID-19 in June and was being treated for post COVID complications at the hospital in national capital. Singh was a close aide of Lalu Prasad Yadav.
As world is dipped in friendship mood on this special day, Bollywood is not behind. Actress Kajol shared a collage on Instagram. Veteran actor Paresh Rawal shared a quirky cartoon of his 'Baabu Bhaiya' character. Shilpa Shetty remembered her long conversation with her close friend Akanksha Malhotra. Bipasha Basu considers her hubby as her best friend.
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden warned the United Kingdom that it must honour the Northern Irish peace deal as it extracts itself from the European Union or there would be no U.S. trade deal. Adam Reed reports.
First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, has outlined new Covid-19 measures for the public in an attempt to stop the rise in cases. The 10pm curfew set out by Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been extended to the sale of alcohol in supermarkets and off licences in Wales. Report by Browna. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has called on the prime minister to invite him to Tuesday's Cobra meeting and "work together" to tackle Covid-19. Boris Johnson will chair a Cobra emergency committee, which will include the leaders of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, but it is unclear as to whether Mr Khan will be invited. Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Led By Donkeys project a message from Hassan, who arrived in the UK in arubber dinghy five years ago, and says the government are using the migrantcrossings as a distraction from their handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
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An inflatable dinghy carrying around 20 Syrian migrants has been met by BorderForce off the coast of Dover. The packed vessel had been making its way acrossthe English Channel on Monday morning, with those on board seen waving andsmiling on their journey. They were met by the Border Force patrol boat Hunterat about 7.15am with the White Cliffs in sight. More than 4,000 migrants havenow reached the UK in 2020 by crossing the dangerous Dover Strait in smallboats. Today’s crossing comes after more than 677 people made it to the UKbetween Thursday and Sunday.
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Interview with Kevin Jones who runs the NuDawn bar in Well Street, Hackney,regarding the forthcoming tightening of lockdown restrictions. Mr Jones saidthe short amount of time businesses had been given to adjust amounted to"pandemonium" and "disorder".
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The Duchess of Cambridge has met up with mothers in a London park to chatabout how they have been helping each other out during the pandemic. Theduchess – mother to Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – wasgreeted in the autumn sunshine in the picturesque Old English Garden inBattersea Park, south London.
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