British flag removed from European Council ahead of Brexit hour 7 months ago

British flag removed from European Council ahead of Brexit hour

Brexit officially takes place at 11pm tonight.

Today is the day that the UK becomes the first country to leave the European Union since it first formed in 1993.

At 11pm tonight (Friday 31 January), after many delays, Brexit will finally be take place, and the EU will become a 27-member bloc.

On the same day that Brexit is set to take place, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has urged (via The Guardian) supporters of Scottish independence to build and win the political case for it, instead of rushing to hold a referendum.

Earlier this month, Boris Johnson rejected Sturgeon's request for the legal powers to hold a second referendum for Scottish independence, but she stated that independence was the only way for Scotland to maintain its parliamentary sovereignty and connection to the EU.

Isabelle Brusselmans, the head of press for the European Council, posted footage of the flag removal on Twitter this evening: