Jan. 31 2020: United Kingdom leaves European Union at 11pm; prime minister speaks

Jan. 31 2020: United Kingdom leaves European Union at 11pm; prime minister speaks

- The United Kingdom (UK) has announced plans to formally exit the European Union at 11 pm on Friday, January 31, 2020

- The announcement was followed by a statement by the prime minister, Boris Johnson, to the effect that the move signals a new beginning

- Johnson is expected to release another statement in which he would detail plans for the way forward

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The prime minister of the United Kingdom (UK), Boris Johnson, has released a statement as the nation leaves the European Union at 11 pm on Friday, January 31, 2020.

According to Johnson, the nation’s exit from the EU is ‘not an end, but a beginning.’

Hailing the new era, he pledged to transform Britain’s neglected areas and in a later address, is expected to express his belief that the referendum that led to the present situation was a vote for lasting change.

Johnson, per a report by dailymail.co.uk, is also expected to convene a symbolic Cabinet meeting in Sunderland, which was the first city to declare for Brexit when the 2016 referendum results came out.

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He is also expected to stress that one’s family life should depend on the part of the country “you grow up in.”

At 11 pm on January 31, 2020, Britain would legally leave the EU and head into a transition period which runs until December 31, 2020.

Johnson would also disclose his determination to make sure that the period of transition does not go beyond 2020.

In other news, the prime minister of the United Kingdom (UK), Boris Johnson, has revealed that Chinese technology firm, Huawei, can operate its 5G network in the country.

This comes in the wake of an attempt by the United States of America (USA) to ensure that the Chinese company is excluded from next-communication generation plans by the West.

Defying America’s stance on the eve of Brexit, UK stated that Huawei, one of the “high-risk vendors”, would be allowed into the non-sensitive parts of the 5G network.

It has been disclosed that the involvement of such operations in UK’s telecommunications space would be capped at 35%.

Per a report by reuters.com, Huawei's service would be excluded from all critical networks and locations such as nuclear sites and military bases.

USA is concerned that Huawei could be used as a conduit to steal Western secrets.

It has however been confirmed that Johnson and Trump spoke shortly after UK’s decision was made public.

Before the call, however, an official of the Trump administration stated that “There is no safe option for untrusted vendors to control any part of a 5G network.

We look forward to working with the UK on a way forward that results in the exclusion of untrusted vendor components from 5G networks.”

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