Jubilant Tories ridicule doom-laden Brexit predictions on first day outside EU

Jubilant Tories have hailed the first day after Brexit - mocking doom-laden predictions about the consequences of leaving the EU.

Defence minister James Heappey joked that the 'sky has not fallen in', tweeting that it was a 'big relief'.

Steve Barclay and James Duddridge were joyful, despite their jobs as Brexit Secretary and minister being axed at 11pm - when the government department was abolished.

It has also emerged Boris Johnson's dog Dilyn was partying last night, as the PM's partner Carrie Symonds posted a picture of their pet clad in a Union flag coat, apparently taken at a reception held in No10 last night.

Parliament Square was back to normal today after the Brexit celebrations last night - although the Union flags are still fluttering

Parliament Square was back to normal today after the Brexit celebrations last night - although the Union flags are still fluttering

Boris Johnson's partner Carrie Symonds posted a picture of their dog Dilyn clad in a Union flag coat last night

Boris Johnson's partner Carrie Symonds posted a picture of their dog Dilyn clad in a Union flag coat last night

The massive change was recorded in lights on the white cliffs of Dover as the UK came to terms with the new reality

The massive change was recorded in lights on the white cliffs of Dover as the UK came to terms with the new reality

Union flags were prominently on show as Brexit supporters showed their delight about the departure from the EU last night

Union flags were prominently on show as Brexit supporters showed their delight about the departure from the EU last night

In an address to the nation last night, the PM shunned triumphalism despite the UK finally leaving the EU after four years of turmoil

In an address to the nation last night, the PM shunned triumphalism despite the UK finally leaving the EU after four years of turmoil

Defence minister James Heappey joked today that the 'sky has not fallen in', tweeting that it was a 'big relief'

Defence minister James Heappey joked today that the 'sky has not fallen in', tweeting that it was a 'big relief'

Steve Barclay tendered his resignation as Brexit Secretary at 11.01pm, saying it had been a 'great honour'

Steve Barclay tendered his resignation as Brexit Secretary at 11.01pm, saying it had been a 'great honour'

The government had already announced that the Brexit department was being scrapped immediately the UK leaves the EU.

A handful of arrests on Brexit night

Brexit night went off in a largely peaceful manner, despite the at-times bitterly divided lengthy run-up to January 31.

As people both celebrated and mourned the UK's departure from the EU at major events across the country, there were just a handful of arrests.

Police dealt with five people in Whitehall in London, including one man who was charged with criminal damage and being drunk and disorderly.

Kevin Murphy, 52, from North London, was due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Saturday, the Metropolitan Police said.

A 28-year-old was arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly, a 52-year-old was arrested for the same offence as well as obstructing a constable, and a 33-year-old was arrested under Section 5 of the Public Order Act and for failing to appear. All three men remain in custody.

A 47-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of threatening behaviour but later released from custody and will not face any further action.

In Glasgow, there was a heavy police presence as groups for and against Brexit held events near each other.

Pro-EU campaigners gathered at the Donald Dewar statue on Buchanan Street ahead of the official departure time of 11pm.

Police said one 25-year-old man was arrested over minor disorder.

Superintendent Mark Sutherland said: 'On Friday January 31 officers were in attendance at various Brexit-related events which took place in Glasgow city centre.

'A proportionate policing response was in place to ensure public safety and minimise disruption to the wider city centre community. The events passed peacefully with only one arrest of a 25-year-old man in connection with a minor disorder offence in Buchanan Street.'

The Police Service of Northern Ireland said there had been no arrests at a celebration in Belfast.

The premier is expected to bring forward wider changes to Whitehall when he carries out a major reshuffle over the next couple of weeks.

Mr Barclay tendered his resignation at 11.01pm, saying it had been a 'great honour' - and it is not clear whether he will be brought back into the fold by Mr Johnson in his new-look team.

Mr Duddridge declared it was 'job done' this morning and he was leaving government.

He wrote: 'Last night, we got the job done! It has been a privilege to serve in the team that delivered Brexit, and with @DExEU having achieved its purpose, l have written to @BorisJohnson to formally resign as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State.'

As the historic moment finally arrived last night, Mr Johnson vowed Brexit will 'unleash' Britain but warned there will be more 'bumps in the road'.

In an address to the nation, the PM shunned triumphalism despite the UK finally leaving the EU after four years of turmoil.

Instead he appealed for unity - and insisted he recognised that not everyone was delighted with the path the country is taking. Mr Johnson said the EU had 'admirable' qualities but was going in a direction that 'no longer suits' the UK.

Speaking from Downing Street in the pre-recorded message - but notably without any patriotic backdrop - the premier said it was crucial to take advantage of reclaiming sovereignty to 'level up' the country, and improve life in left-behind areas.

'For many people this is an astonishing moment of hope, a moment they thought would never come,' he said.

'And there are many of course who feel a sense of anxiety and loss.

'Then of course there is a third group – perhaps the biggest – who had started to worry that the whole political wrangle would never come to an end.

'I understand all those feelings, and our job as the government – my job – is to bring this country together now and take us forward.'

Mr Johnson voiced pride that he was able to 'obey' the verdict of the British people, but stressed the legal exit from the EU was 'not an end but a beginning'.

'This is the moment when the dawn breaks and the curtain goes up on a new act in our great national drama,' he said.

No10 and other government buildings in Whitehall were lit up for the crucial occasion, and Nigel Farage is headlining the party in Parliament Square.

However, the official celebrations were deliberately low-key. Mr Johnson himself hosted a reception in Downing Street, drinking English sparkling wine with guests believed to include girlfriend Carrie and aides.

Meanwhile, Remainers have been showing their dismay across the UK, with angry demonstrations in Scotland.

While Britain is now legally out of the bloc, Brussels rules will still apply for another 11 months under 'transition' arrangements. The EU is gearing up for another major battle over future trade terms.

Mr Duddridge declared it was 'job done' this morning and he was quitting as Brexit minister

Mr Duddridge declared it was 'job done' this morning and he was quitting as Brexit minister

Happy Brexiteers were out in force in Parliament Square last night as the clocked ticked down on the UK's time in the EU

Happy Brexiteers were out in force in Parliament Square last night as the clocked ticked down on the UK's time in the EU

Brexit supporters wave Union flags as they watch the big screen in Parliament Square, venue for the Leave Means Leave Brexit Celebration party in central London

Brexit supporters wave Union flags as they watch the big screen in Parliament Square, venue for the Leave Means Leave Brexit Celebration party in central London 

Brexit supporters react during a Brexit Celebration party at Morley rugby club. The celebrations got into full swing well before the 11pm, when Britain finally divorces from the bloc after three and half years of wrangling

Brexit supporters react during a Brexit Celebration party at Morley rugby club. The celebrations got into full swing well before the 11pm, when Britain finally divorces from the bloc after three and half years of wrangling

Union Flags hang in Parliament Square on Saturday morning. The space was quiet after jubilant scenes last night

Union Flags hang in Parliament Square on Saturday morning. The space was quiet after jubilant scenes last night

A Union Flag lies on the ground in Parliament Square in Westminster, London, as Britain woke up free from the European Union

A Union Flag lies on the ground in Parliament Square in Westminster, London, as Britain woke up free from the European Union

A piper plays outside the Palace of Westminster on Saturday morning, with a wrapped up Elizabeth Tower in the background

A piper plays outside the Palace of Westminster on Saturday morning, with a wrapped up Elizabeth Tower in the background

Former Brexit secretary David Davis said it would be a 'fair race' to strike a trade deal with the EU by 2021 but that it 'can be done'.

He said extensive work had already been completed when he was in the Cabinet to analyse every free trade deal Brussels had previously struck with other third countries.

Mr Davis told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: 'We should have started last March.

'That being said, a lot of work has been done.

'There's the possibility of a trade deal taking pieces from all the other trade deals that the European Union has done and therefore

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