The UK will finally break free from the shackles of the European Union when the Brexit transition period officially ends at 11pm tonight. After 47 years of membership, the UK left the EU at the end of January following the signing of the Brexit withdrawal agreement, but remained tied to EU rules until 11pm on December 31.
Britain will enter an historic dawn from January 1 after leaving the EU single market and customs union, while a new trade deal worth more than £600billion with the bloc comes into force.
Just a week after Boris Johnson struck the landmark trade agreement with Brussels, a number of high profile Remainers have argued the UK should reverse the result of the 2016 EU referendum.
But, a poll of more than 16,000 Express.co.uk readers has found the overwhelming majority believe the UK should be blocked from rejoining the EU for at least half a century.
The survey conducted on December 31 from 1pm to 10pm asked 16,186 online readers, should Britain be banned from rejoining the EU for 50 years?
A huge 91 percent (14,841) were in favour of a ban and voted “yes”.
Just eight percent (1,160) voted against the proposal and voted “no”.
Meanwhile, one percent (185) remained unsure and said they did not know.
A number of passionate Express.co.uk readers let their opinion known in the comments section of the poll.
One reader said: “11pm can’t come soon enough. Rid of the EU shackles at last and to NEVER return.”
A second added: “Britain needs a written Constitution, which must contain a proviso that no sovereignty may ever be passed to an organisation outside the borders of the country, or to anybody not directly elected by the British electorate.”
A third commented: “The UK would like a never ending generational ban from joining the EU. That would suit me just fine.”
Meanwhile, a fourth simply said: “1,000 years would be too soon.”
The poll comes as ardent Remainer Lord Andrew Adonis vowed to lead the charge for the UK to regain membership of the EU.
Other groups, such as The New European magazine, held a 12-hour online vigil on Thursday night to mourn the UK’s departure from the bloc.
Prime Minister Boris said the Brexit trade deal marks a “new beginning in our country’s history and a new relationship with the EU as their biggest ally”.
He added: “We are going to open a new chapter in our national story, striking free trade deals around the world and reasserting global Britain as a liberal, outward-looking force for good.”
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage said December 31 is a “moment to celebrate 2021 as an independent United Kingdom”.
He added: “It’s a big moment in our national story and the end of a very long road for tens of thousands of us who fought against the establishment.
“We celebrated on 31 January when we left the European Union – tonight we leave the single market and the customs union.
“Yes, we spare a thought for Northern Ireland and our fishermen, but this is a moment to celebrate 2021 as an independent United Kingdom. It’s a shame the pubs aren’t open.”