The United Kingdom left the European Union (EU) at exactly 23:00 London time on Friday 31 January 2020 - 1.318 days after the referendum on 23 June 2016.
To celebrate Brexit - which could spell the end of the UK, with Scotland and Northern Ireland leaving the UK to stay in the EU - 10 Downing Street (Prime Minister Boris Johnson's official residence) was projected a countdown clock starting at 22:00, followed by a projection of red, white and blue lights.
On June 23, 2016, I was in London to follow the referendum results closely, naturally hoping that the "remain" would win. I remember that a thunderstorm had struck London that morning, leaving many underground tunnels flooded, causing traffic problems. The weather improved late in the morning and the voting went on smoothly.
To follow the latest developments, I later moved my flight to Rome and, around 23:00, "remain" was still winning. However, once arrived in Rome, the news on the airport monitors reported that Brexit had won with 51,9% against 48,1%, or just over 1,269 million votes.
However in Scotland the voters were in favor of the "remain" (62% against 38%) and also in Northern Ireland the voters were in favor of the "remain" (55,8% against 44,2%), while England was for Brexit (53,4% against 46,6%), as well as Wales (52,5% against 47,5%). The era of uncertainty continues ...