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Brexit Day - What to know when the UK leaves the EU

Friday 31st January, 2020

More than 3 1/2 years after the landmark Brexit referendum, the UK will finally leave the European Union at 11 p.m today.

That means Britain will exit the bloc of 27 remaining countries and the bloc's economic market of about 450 million people and will begin to forge its own way in the world.

The U.K. has been a member of the EU since 1973 and leaving is one of the biggest and most divisive steps the country has taken in decades.

Here are some of the ways Brexit is expected to play out in the near term.