After more than three years of political wrangling, two general elections and angry protests across the United Kingdom - Brexit is here.

Friday 23:00 GMT goes down in history as the hour the UK became the first country to leave the European Union, ending its 47-year membership of the bloc.

The UK has until the end of the year to reach a deal with the EU on their future relationship. But many fear it will take much longer to reach a comprehensive agreement.

What does the UK stand to gain, or lose, from quitting the bloc? And does it signal the beginning of the break-up of the UK itself?

Presenter: Nick Clark


David Phinnemore - Professor of European politics at Queen's University Belfast

Catherine McBride - Senior economist at the International Trade and Competition Unit, Institute of Economic Affairs

Carl Bildt - Former Swedish prime minister and current co-chair of the European Council on Foreign Relations

Source: Al Jazeera News