Prime Minister Boris Johnson will hail the “dawn of a new era” later, as the UK prepares to leave the European Union after 47 years.
In a speech to be shown at 22:00 GMT – an hour before the official departure time – he will say Brexit is “not an end but a beginning”.
Johnson’s speech will be optimistic and will be an attempt to heal the internal division caused by Brexit, a charge that he has been leading since 2016.
In his pre-recorded address from Downing Street Johnson will say: “This is the dawn of a new era in which we no longer accept that your life chances – your family’s life chances – should depend on which part of the country you grow up in.”
“This is the moment when we begin to unite and level up.”
Johnson will describe Brexit as “not an end but a beginning” and as “a moment of real national renewal and change”, before ushering in an 11 month transition period where nothing is expected to change.
Brexit was originally scheduled for 29 March last year but was repeatedly delayed when MPs rejected a previous withdrawal agreement reached by the EU and former Prime Minister Theresa May.
more recommended stories
UK getting 1,000 out a day from Afghanistan, Priti Patel says
Home Secretary Priti Patel has told.
The British Royal family couldn’t embrace colour; Racist Royalty
In the wake of revelations made.
Here are the biggest revelations from Harry and Meghan’s interview
Oprah Winfrey’s broadcast interview with Harry.
Travel rule breakers face 10 years in prison or £10,000 fines
TRAVELLERS returning to the UK from.
UK detects S.African coronavirus variant in people with no travel links
Eleven people in different regions have.
UK Records 964 More Coronavirus Deaths and 55,892 new cases In 24 Hours
The number of people who have.