On January 31, 2020, at exactly 11 pm, after years of negotiations, the United Kingdom will no longer be part of the European Union, by its own choice and decision.
For Europe it is like one of the brothers is leaving the family home and that is why most of the other states fell sorry for the departure. We have to consider that being a “wealthy brother” ( the sixth bigger world economy) and one of the biggest financial and defense contributors, the European Union is likely to feel slightly week internationally.
Despite all life must go one and the UK will always be the great nation that became a bastion of democracy, humanity and an exponent of western civilization.
On the other hand, the EU will follow its course of progress, life quality and most important, Peace; as never achieved during her 65 years.
A lot will be written about Brexit, causes and consequences, but let’s be objective almost half (in 2016) of the British population wanted to remain in EU, Scotland is still looking for the way to remain even if it means leaving the United Kingdom and becoming independent. None of this will be easy, especially for the British government, changing the Status Quo of the last 47 years, although not being part of Euro and Schengen area, shielding behind a hypothetical Anglo-American alliance or on Commonwealth whose noble goals produce timid results.
After this brief introduction to this question, many more facts could be addressed regarding the economy, finances, goods movement and so on…
During the negotiations, it was established that citizens residing in various European countries will continue to be treated as the same as before. The latest statistics point 300 thousand Portuguese living in the UK and 28 thousand British in Portugal.