Prime Minister Boris Johnson greeted the news by saying: “This week is the final step in a long journey, providing stability to our new relationship with the EU as vital trading partners, close allies and sovereign equals.
“Now is the time to look forward to the future and to building a more global Britain.”
But in February, European media hit out at the UK’s ambitions.
Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant’s columnist Bert Wagendorp celebrated the departure, saying the UK is “back where it belongs”.
“The ‘historic error’ of 1973 has finally been corrected. Why did it take so long? We could have known right away that it was a mistake to call in the perfidious Albion.
“For 47 years the British have done their utmost to sabotage, slow down, dilute and transform Europe into a market for Marmite and Pringles, replacing their lost colonial empire.”
He also implied that Brexit was an act of self-harm, claiming Britain had shot itself in the foot.
Rainer Nowak of Die Presse said: “The European Union loses one of its most important members, one of its strongest nations, the second largest economy, around an eighth of its population… one of the model countries for the successful integration of millions of immigrants. The Union loses one of its main pillars.”
Addressing those glad to see the back of Britain, Mr Nowak insisted that “good organisations not only allow internal criticism and debates, but promote them”.
“Leaders who fear contradiction are anxious and often overwhelmed intellectually,” he added.
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