The United Kingdom finally left from the European Union on Friday with Brexiteers claiming victory and popping champagne corks.
The United Kingdom slipped away at 11pm turning its back after 47 years on the post-World War Two project that sought to build the ruined nations of Europe into a global power. Besides the British parliament, flag-waving Brexit supporters cheered, revelling in a mix of nostalgia, patriotism and defiance.
"The war is over: we have won," Nigel Farage, a leading Leave campaigner, told the crowd. "This is the single most important moment in the modern history of our great nation."
On the white cliffs of Dover, the message: "The UK has left the EU" was projected between a British and an EU flag. Once considered the unlikely dream of a motley crew of "eurosceptics" on the fringes of British politics, Brexit also weakens the EU, conceived as a way to bind together Europe's major powers in peace after centuries of conflict.