Britain is to leave the European Union at 2300 GMT on Friday, 43 months after the country voted in a June 2016 referendum to leave the EU.
In a video message to be released an hour earlier, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will call Brexit, which follows more than three years of political wrangling “new dawn”. Three Brexit deadlines came and went before the British parliament finally ratified the divorce agreement.
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. A series of events including marches, celebrations and candlelit vigils will be held by both Brexiteers and pro-EU demonstrators.