New Year, new rules: UK begins post-Brexit future

A Union flag flutters in the breeze as the sun sets in Hartlepool, north-east England, on January 1, 2021, where 69.6% of voters in the 2016 “Brexit” referendum opted to leave the EU (European Union). (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP)

Britain on Friday began a new year and life outside the European Union’s single market, with the first trucks crossing the Channel by ferry and rail largely reporting few difficulties despite new customs rules.

Brexit, an all-consuming issue in Britain since it voted in 2016 to quit the bloc, became reality an hour before midnight after nearly five decades of integration with Europe.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was bullishly optim

EU, Britain attempt breakthrough in Brexit talks

(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 31, 2019 An anti-Brexit demonstrator whirls an EU and Union Flag during a demonstration against the British government’s move to suspend parliament in the final weeks before Brexit outside Downing Street in London on August 31, 2019. – Despite the prestige of Oxford and Cambridge and other top universities, Britain will be less attractive after Brexit, EU students warn, with fees set to soar and legal tangles still not ironed out. (Photo by Niklas HALLE’N / AFP)

The EU and Britain’s chief Brexit negotiators will make a last-ditch bid to break months of deadlock on Sunday, as trade talks limp back to Brussels, surviving on borrowed tim

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