The United Kingdom finally left the 27-member European Union at 23:00 (GMT) on 31 January, just over four and half years after the UK public voted to leave the organisation in the 2016 Brexit referendum.
Officially, the UK left the EU on January 31 2020 but then entered a transition period during which the sides argued over a future relationship between the UK and the EU.
The UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement treaty was agreed on Christmas Eve (24 Dec) and was accepted by MPs in the UK Parliament on Wednesday (30 Dec).
Under the new treaty, the UK will have tariff and quota free access to the EU’s single market, which means there will be no import taxes on goods crossing between the UK and EU member states.
Is this the end of it all or just the start of a new (long) chapter of further drawn out negotiations ??