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EU Bids Adieu to Britain With Removal of Flags and Brexit Day Stamps

  • Brexit day is muted across Europe amid worries over future
  • Divorce is “wound” says EU Parliament; Ireland checks border
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U.K.'s 47-Year EU Membership Finally at an End: How Did Brexit Happen?
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When the sun goes down on Friday night, British government buildings around Europe will lower the blue and yellow-starred flag of the European Union for the final time. A few hours later, on the stroke of midnight in Paris, Berlin and Brussels, the U.K. will leave the bloc after 47 years.

The farewell is intentionally muted. Neither the British government nor the EU wants to draw too much attention to the moment of rupture, particularly with negotiations over the two sides’ future relationship in areas such as trade, security and financial services, set to be even trickier than the wrangling over the U.K.’s withdrawal over the past 3 years.