Union Jack flags for Brexit.
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With 10 Downing Street lit up in red and blue, the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union became official at 11 p.m. GMT Friday. It took three years from a first narrow vote for Brexit, but after a second referendum and a few changes in leadership, it finally happened.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson released a video statement lauding this "moment" many people "thought would never come," and promised to "turn this opportunity into a stunning success." Johnson guaranteed a vote in favor of Brexit after he ordered an election late last year, which his Conservative party won handily.

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Kathryn Krawczyk

Kathryn is a graduate of Syracuse University, with degrees in magazine journalism and information technology, along with hours to earn another degree after working at SU's independent paper The Daily Orange. She's currently recovering from a horse addiction while living in New York City, and likes to share her extremely dry sense of humor on Twitter.