31st January 2020

In_pictures Brexit in pictures: The UK prepares to leave the EU

In_pictures Brexit in pictures: The UK prepares to leave the EU

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Pro and anti-Brexit demonstrations and marches are being held across the country, as the UK counts down to leaving the European Union.

The UK will officially leave the EU at 23:00 GMT, ending 47 years of membership.

in_pictures The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is also lit up in red, white and blue.Image copyright
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The Foreign and Commonwealth Office in central London is lit up in the colours of the Union Jack.

in_pictures The UK flag is removed from the European Council building in Brussels.Image copyright
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In Brussels, the UK flag is removed from the European Council building.

in_pictures The UK flag is taken down and folded up outside the European Parliament building in Brussels.Image copyright
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It is taken down and folded up outside the European Parliament building in the city.

in_pictures People celebrate Britain leaving the EU on Brexit day in London.Image copyright
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Brexiteers headed towards Parliament Square in London.

in_pictures Brexiteers in Parliament Square, London, ahead of the UK leaving the European Union at 11pm on Friday.Image copyright
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Crowds gathered earlier on Friday in London’s Parliament Square ahead of Brexit celebrations there later.

in_pictures Pro-Brexit supporters don Union Jack-themed clothes pose for a photograph in Parliament Square, the venue for the Leave Means Leave Brexit Celebration.Image copyright
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Pro-Brexit supporters wearing Union Jack-themed clothes pose for a photograph in Parliament Square, where Leave Means Leave’s celebrations are happening.

in_pictures Pro-EU activists protest at Parliament Square as people prepare for Brexit on 31 January 2020 in London, United Kingdom.Image copyright
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Supporters of the EU held a procession through Whitehall to “bid a fond farewell” to the union.

in_pictures A pro-EU activist wearing a cape decorated with an EU flag design joins a rally organised by civil rights group New Europeans outside Europe House, central London on 31 January ,2020Image copyright
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A pro-EU activist wearing a cape decorated with an EU flag design joins a rally organised by civil rights group New Europeans outside Europe House, central London.

in_pictures Pro-EU supporters light candles in Smith Square in Westminster, London, ahead of the UK leaving the European Union at 11pm on Friday.Image copyright
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Pro-EU supporters light candles in Smith Square in Westminster.

in_pictures A pro-EU message is projected onto the cliffs in Ramsgate, southern EnglandImage copyright
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A pro-EU message is projected onto the cliffs in Ramsgate in Thanet, Kent.

in_pictures St Andrew's House, a Scottish Government building in Edinburgh, is illuminated in the colours of the European flag.Image copyright
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St Andrew’s House, a Scottish Government building, in Edinburgh, is illuminated in the colours of the European flag.

in_pictures Customers Scott Jones and Laura Jones at the Sawmill Bar in South Elmsall, Yorkshire, where a Brexit party is being held throughout the day ahead of the UK leaving the European Union at 11pm this evening.Image copyright
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Customers Scott Jones and Laura Jones at the Sawmill Bar in South Elmsall, Yorkshire, where a Brexit party is being held throughout the day.

in_pictures Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (C) chairs a cabinet meeting at the National Glass Centre at the University of Sunderland, in Sunderland, northeast England on 31 January 2020.Image copyright
PAUL ELLIS / AFP

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Earlier, the prime minister held a cabinet meeting at the National Glass Centre, a museum and arts centre in Sunderland, the city that was the first to back Brexit when results were announced after the 2016 referendum.

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