It's the day of Brexit and surely there are mixed feelings. But there's also mixed information when looking at countdowns about when it's going to happen exactly.

This YouTube livestream counted down to 2020-02-01 00:00 CET (central european time, UTC+1), whereas this website counts down to 2020-02-01 00:00 GMT (UTC). counted down to 2020-02-01 00:00 UTC+2 for some reason.

Neither of those are authoritative sources, so which was it?


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11pm GMT on the 31st January, 2020.

Brexit: UK to quit EU at 23:00 GMT, as PM promises 'new dawn'



Although technically the UK left the EU at the end of January, nothing much will change until the end of the transition period on 31st December 2020.

What will change.

Between now and December we will find out what conditions the UK will agree to, to ensure smooth trade between themselves and the EU or US.

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    I am not sure how this answers the question, except that the exact timestamp of Brexit is quite irrelevant.
    – Alexei
    Commented Feb 1, 2020 at 8:04
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    @Alexei I guess the point I am making is that in many ways, the ways in which Brexit might actually affect people in their everyday lives, Brexit hasn't happened yet.
    – Jontia
    Commented Feb 1, 2020 at 10:31
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    @Jontia Brexit has happened regardless of if the effects have been felt or not. Commented Feb 1, 2020 at 15:32

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