As it happened: FRANCE 24's special Brexit coverage as the UK finally left the EU

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After more than four years of political wrangling, the United Kingdom finally left the European Union on December 31. Brexit, which has dominated politics on both sides of the Channel since 2016, became a reality as Big Ben struck 11pm GMT in London, just as Brussels and most of mainland Europe ushered in 2021.

Click on the video player to watch FRANCE 24's special coverage of this event as it took place, as presented by Mark Owen. He was joined in the studio by FRANCE 24's Europe Editor, Catherine Nicholson. The team on the ground included Bénédicte Paviot in London, Dave Keating reporting from Brussels, Luke Brown in Calais and Catherine Norris-Trent in Dover.