See EU later: UK press toast his­toric day

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LON­DON: Glee­ful Brexit-back­ing news­pa­pers raised a toast yes­ter­day as Bri­tain pre­pared to serve no­tice on its Euro­pean Union mem­ber­ship, but oth­ers feared tur­bu­lence ahead.

The Sun, Bri­tain’s most pop­u­lar newspaper, tri­umphantly beamed “SEE EU LATER” and “DOVER AND OUT” onto the White Cliffs of Dover, the clos­est point to con­ti­nen­tal Europe.

“It’s fi­nally here. The most mo­men­tous day in Bri­tain’s mod­ern his­tory,” the tabloid said.

“FREE­DOM!” cried the Daily Mail, which also had sharp words for Brexit doubters.

The Daily Tele­graph had a car­toon of May as Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story stand­ing on a Union Jack bed­sheet shout­ing “To in­fin­ity and be­yond!”

“To the trig­ger­ing of Ar­ti­cle 50 and the ac­com­plish­ment of an im­pos­si­ble dream. And to Bri­tain’s whose fu­ture is full of po­ten­tial.”

The Daily Ex­press’s front page said: “Dear EU, we’re leav­ing you.”

News­pa­pers which had backed Bri­tain stay­ing in the EU sounded notes of cau­tion.

“The eyes of his­tory are watch­ing”, The Times said on its front page.

The Guardian’s front page was a jig­saw map of Europe with Bri­tain taken out. “To­day Bri­tain steps into the un­known,” its head­line said.

“Dear EU, it’s time to go,” said the Daily Mir­ror’s front page. AFP

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Yes­ter­day’s edi­tion of Bri­tish news­pa­pers.

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