At 11pm today (Friday 31st January), the United Kingdom (UK) will leave the European Union (EU) – ending 47 years of membership.

In June 2016, a referendum took place to decide if the British public wanted to leave or remain – the people voted 51.9% to withdraw from the EU.

Northfield was one of just three constituencies across Birmingham city where all four wards voted to leave the European union.

This seems an awfully long time ago now – the word ‘Brexit’ has become a part of British life, whether wanted or not, it’s been difficult to avoid.

Even though the UK’s membership comes to an end tonight, there will be an 11 month transition period while the UK and EU negotiate additional arrangements.

Bit bamboozled by Brexit? The BBC have an ‘All you need to know about the UK leaving the EU’ article which you can view here.

Whether the UK and the EU will get back in to bed together in the future remains too be seen, but for now it’s goodbye, vaarwel, dovizhdane, doviđenja, aντιο σας, ahoj, farvel, hüvasti, hyvästi, au revoir, auf wiedersehen, viszontlátásra, addio, ardievas, atsisveikina, äddi, ddo widzenia, tchau, la revedere, zbohom, zbogom, adiós, adjö…..



  1. Nothing is clear cut yet for at least another 12 months during the transition and any extension that either Boris and/or the EU may insist on.

    Already, the EU have reneged on an agree Free Trade deal from last year; plus the UK still has to abide by EU rules until at least December 31st 2020, and that’s when the EU may call for an extension purely out of spite and because they can. There are various issues still outstanding, not least trade, fishing, free movement, sovereign Vs EU laws & Acts to name but a few.

    All of these issues have to be agreed and ratified by November 2020, and any extension may well derail that deadline as both parties try to agree a New Deal.

    So it will be some time away before the UK can be “free” of the EU, and even then it probably won’t be the kind of independence most Leavers will be hoping for.


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