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'Yes we did it' and a 'new dawn for Britain': UK newspapers celebrate and lament Brexit day

While the likes of the Daily Mail is celebrating, the Guardian is striking a downbeat tone.

NOT SURPRISINGLY, ON the last day of Britain’s membership of the EU, Brexit dominates the nation’s front pages on Friday.

The Daily Telegraph adopts a jubilant tone, with a picture of Boris Johnson under a Churchillian headline of “This is not an end, but a beginning”.

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The Daily Mail hails it as a “new dawn for Britain”, The Sun says the nation’s course will change for the better, and the Daily Express is also euphoric.

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The Times looks at business, leading on Johnson’s desire for a “Canada-style” trade pact with Brussels.

The Independent carries the word for “goodbye” in a multitude of European languages, but ponders whether it is “inevitable” Britain will one day rejoin the EU.

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Metro opts for a simple “Thank EU and goodbye”, while the i calls it the UK’s “leap into the unknown”.

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And The Guardian strikes a distinctly downbeat tone, with a headline of “Small Island” over a story about “the biggest gamble in a generation”.

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