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Boris Johnson to address the nation on Brexit night to hail 'dawn of a new era'
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Boris Johnson to address the nation on Brexit night to hail 'dawn of a new era'

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Boris Johnson will address the nation to hail "dawn of a new era" as the UK leaves the European Union Friday night.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will hail the "dawn of a new era" later, as the UK prepares to leave the European Union after 47 years on February 1, 2020.

In a speech to be shown at 22:00 GMT - an hour before the official departure time - he will say Brexit is "not an end but a beginning". He will describe severing ties with the other 27 EU nations as "a moment of real national renewal and change".

In a symbolic move, Mr Johnson will chair a meeting of his Cabinet in Sunderland, the city which was the first to back Brexit when results were announced after the 2016 referendum. Number 10 has billed a speech by Boris Johnson as an "address to the nation".

Most EU laws will continue to be in force - including the free movement of people - until the end of December, by which time the UK aims to have reached a permanent free trade agreement with the EU.