Britain went to the right - so I left

After the referendum result on Brexit in 2016, fashion writer Sorcha McCrory began to question whether the Britain she was born and raised in was still the same.

As Brexit dominated headlines, incidents of racism and blame began to swirl around the topic and in 2019 Sorcha moved to Copenhagen, Denmark as she felt that the UK was no longer a place where she could stay and wanted to remain a European citizen.

Britain has begun its last full day in the European Union after Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Brexit deal was given its final seal of approval.

British MEPs are packing up their offices in Brussels and millions of new coins will go into circulation promising "friendship with all nations" as the country prepares to exit the bloc at 11pm on Friday.

It comes as Mr Johnson prepares to deliver a speech next week saying he is willing to accept border checks after Brexit, with sovereignty prioritised over frictionless trade.

The Prime Minister's speech will come in apparent defiance of EU warnings that Britain must accept the bloc's standards on goods for the best trade agreement, The Daily Telegraph reports while citing Whitehall sources.

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Britain's Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage (C) waves a union flag during a European Parliament plenary session in Brussels on January 29, 2020, as Brexit Day is to be set in stone when the European Parliament casts a vote ratifying the terms of Britain's divorce deal from the EU. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP) (Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage holds a union flag during a European Parliament plenary session in Brussels on January 29, 2020, as Brexit Day is to be set in stone when the European Parliament casts a vote ratifying the terms of Britain's divorce deal from the EU. (Photo by JOHN THYS / AFP) (Photo by JOHN THYS/AFP via Getty Images)
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage laughs during a plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium January 29, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage, shows off his Union flag socks ahead of a vote on the UK's withdrawal from the EU during the plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. The U.K. is due to leave the EU on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, the first nation in the bloc to do so. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage along with other MEPs wave British flags ahead of a vote on the Withdrawal Agreement at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium January 29, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage along with other MEPs wave British flags ahead of a vote on the Withdrawal Agreement at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium January 29, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage waves a British flag ahead of a vote on the Withdrawal Agreement at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium January 29, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage toasts ahead of a vote on the Withdrawal Agreement at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium January 29, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman
British European Parliament member Nigel Farage addresses European lawmakers during the plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. The U.K. is due to leave the EU on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, the first nation in the bloc to do so. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
British European Parliament member Nigel Farage, left, and other pro-Brexit British MEP's wave the Union flags during the plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. The U.K. is due to leave the EU on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, the first nation in the bloc to do so. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
British European Parliament member Nigel Farage leaves the hemicycle after addressing European lawmakers during the plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. The U.K. is due to leave the EU on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, the first nation in the bloc to do so. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
29 January 2020, Belgium, Brüssel: Nigel Farage (Brexite Party), with a small Great Britain flag, confronts the photographer after he had left the plenary after his speech. Two days before Britain's withdrawal from the European Union, the European Parliament also wants to ratify the EU withdrawal agreement at a meeting in Brussels and finally seal the brexit. Photo: Michael Kappeler/dpa (Photo by Michael Kappeler/picture alliance via Getty Images)
29 January 2020, Belgium, Brüssel: Nigel Farage (Brexite Party), with a small Great Britain flag, confronts the photographer after he had left the plenary after his speech. Two days before Britain's withdrawal from the European Union, the European Parliament also wants to ratify the EU withdrawal agreement at a meeting in Brussels and finally seal the brexit. Photo: Michael Kappeler/dpa (Photo by Michael Kappeler/picture alliance via Getty Images)
Britain's Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage (C) reacts during a European Parliament plenary session in Brussels on January 29, 2020, as Brexit Day is to be set in stone when the European Parliament casts a vote ratifying the terms of Britain's divorce deal from the EU. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP) (Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage (C) waves a union flag during a European Parliament plenary session in Brussels on January 29, 2020, as Brexit Day is to be set in stone when the European Parliament casts a vote ratifying the terms of Britain's divorce deal from the EU. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP) (Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage waves a union flag during a European Parliament plenary session in Brussels on January 29, 2020, as Brexit Day is to be set in stone when the European Parliament casts a vote ratifying the terms of Britain's divorce deal from the EU. (Photo by JOHN THYS / AFP) (Photo by JOHN THYS/AFP via Getty Images)
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - JANUARY 29: Brexit Party leader and member of the European Parliament Nigel Farage waves a British flag while speaking at a session of the European Parliament in which it is to approve the Brexit deal on January 29, 2020 in Brussels, Belgium. The United Kingdom is expected to officially leave the European Union on January 31. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
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There were emotional scenes in the European Parliament on Wednesday as MEPs voted by 621 to 49 in favour of the Withdrawal Agreement and linked hands to sing a final chorus of Auld Lang Syne.

In contrast, Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage had his microphone cut off during a fiery departure speech in which his party's MEPs cheered and waved union flags as he said the UK was "never coming back".

He told the PA news agency: "The book is about to close and we are going to leave in 48 hours and that is for me, in a way, the achievement of my lifetime political goal.

For most MEPs, who have long wanted Britain to stay, it was a moment of deep regret.

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