RISE AND SHINE ...IT’S A GLO­RI­OUS NEW BRI­TAIN

Daily Express - - Front Page - By David Pilditch and Liz Perkins

BREXIT Day cel­e­bra­tions swept across Bri­tain last night as the UK left the Euro­pean Union.

At the stroke of 11pm, flag­wav­ing rev­ellers poured into Par­lia­ment Square, bells rang out and a drum that was at­tached to a “Lit­tle Ben” cart banged.

Un­de­terred by the rain, people marked the his­toric oc­ca­sion to hits from Sir Tom Jones and Queen.

David and Nancy Waller trav­elled from Shrop­shire with their Vic­to­rian cart, which cost £500 to re­build.

He said: “We have come here be­cause we are great sup­port­ers of democ­racy. At one stage we thought it was all over, but it ain’t now.”

Draped in a Union flag, mother-of-three El­iz­a­beth Bai­ley, 58, said: “I think it’s won­der­ful – it’s bet­ter than win­ning theWorld Cup.

“It’s a chance to make Bri­tain great again.”

Cus­tomer ser­vice ad­viser El­iz­a­beth, whose for­mer sol­dier hus­band died from cancer last year, de­clared: “This is what he voted for too. I am just sorry he can’t be here to see this.”

She trav­elled from Rayleigh, Es­sex, with friend Les­ley Martin, 64, to savour the mo­ment.

Les­ley said: “It is a truly his­toric day. We’re go­ing to en­joy ev­ery minute of it.” Plum­ber Jim Blake, 61, drove to London from his Portsmouth home in his 1958 BMW Isetta bub­ble car, parad­ing two gi­ant Union flags.

Af­ter reach­ing Par­lia­ment Square with his friend and “nav­i­ga­tor” Mar­tyn Hughes, 57, Jim said: “We’ve been hav­ing a whizz around just to put a smile on people’s faces.

“I voted to leave and I be­lieve it was def­i­nitely the right thing to do. The fu­ture is bright.”

Tak­ing cover un­der a Union flag um­brella, City worker Mark Wil­liams, 37, from Wim­ble­don, south-west London, said: “I’m here to soak up the at­mos­phere – lit­er­ally by the looks of it.

“I re­ally do be­lieve that tonight could be the start of a new era for our coun­try and that’s some­thing worth cel­e­brat­ing.”

In the shadow of si­lenced Big Ben, stu­dent Martin El­liott, 22, from Wat­ford, Herts, said: “It’s not just the older gen­er­a­tion who be­lieve it’s time for a change.

“I think it’s time for Leavers and Re­main­ers to put aside their dif­fer­ences and see this as a fresh

start. What­ever back­ground and what­ever part of the coun­try you’re from, it’s time to pull to­gether.

“The fu­ture is in all of our hands. Let’s make the most of it.”

Bri­tain’s most pro-Brexit town, Bos­ton, Lincs, where 75.6 per cent voted Leave in 2016, was also in the party spirit. Proud An­ton Dani, 54, the town’s first mayor born

over­seas for 400 years, said that the UK had fi­nally re­gained its pride and dig­nity.

The fa­ther of two, who hails from the At­las Moun­tains in Morocco, said: “I call Brexit the great es­cape, free­dom and In­de­pen­dence Day.

“Brexit has been like a un­re­li­able lover for th­ese past four years. Are we free or not? I think we

are now.” Regulars at the town’s Robin Hood Inn par­tied the night away at a Brexit-themed evening.

The pub was draped in St Ge­orge’s and Union flags.

Mean­while, the juke­box played an­thems from Last Night Of The Proms, as well as You’ll Never Walk Alone and Swing Low Sweet Char­iot. Builder Tim Lock­ley, 44,

said: “It’s took long enough but we’re fi­nally here.

Fa­ther-of-one Tim added: “It’s time to take back con­trol from Brus­sels and I think the coun­try will push on from here.

“It was un­cer­tainty that was killing us.

“This is a momentous day and the na­tion should be proud.”

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