UK formally leaves the European Union and begins Brexit transition period

CNBC | 1/31/2020 | Staff
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There is still much regret on both the EU side and among remainers in the U.K. regarding Brexit. For countries like Germany, losing the U.K. means losing not only one of the biggest economies in the bloc, but a pragmatic ally.

There were tears, hugs, emotional speeches and singing in the European Parliament on Wednesday as lawmakers ratified the U.K.’s terms of departure from the EU, and took stock of the challenges facing the EU-U.K.’s future relationship and the EU itself.

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Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in a letter to the U.K., published in German newspaper Die Zeit on Wednesday, that “it hurts that you are leaving.”

“Not just because the European Union is losing 66 million citizens and one of its strongest economies. You have always been ‘Global Britain,’ and that did the EU good. Your pragmatism, your tolerance, your sense of humor — even your insistence on some of the typical British opt-outs —...
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