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Britain leaves the E.U. today but Brexit is far from 'done'

Breaking News EmailsGet breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.SUBSCRIBEJan. 31, 2020, 9:23 AM UTCBy Patrick SmithLONDON — Three and a half years after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, Brexit will finally happen Friday night.Some will gather outside the Houses of Parliament to celebrate at 11 p.m. (6 p.m. ET) what they see as a new dawn for a buccaneering, independent U.K., free of undemocratic control by Brussels. In reality, almost nothing will change overnight.Former senior civil servants and academics have told NBC News that this second phase will be the toughest part of Brexit yet, with the U.K. forced to make concessions and compromises along the wa ...