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In pictures: Brexit sparks delight, despair and dissent

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Brexit supporters celebrate during a rally outside Stormont in Belfast, Northern Ireland as Britain left the European Union on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020.
Brexit supporters celebrate during a rally outside Stormont in Belfast, Northern Ireland as Britain left the European Union on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020.   -   Copyright  AP Photo/Peter Morrison
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After more than three and a half years of a drawn-out divorce procedure, the UK and EU were officially divorced on January 31.

The day was an occasion of celebration for some and anguish for others. We take a look at how the past 24 hours unfolded.

In the heart of the EU, Brussels, supporters on both sides of the Brexit divide made their allegiance clear.

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Tim Williams, from the U.K., waves the EU and Welsh flags in front of European Parliament in Brussels, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020.AP Photo/Olivier MatthysOLIVIER MATTHYS
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British MEP Jonathan Bullock holds an Union flag as he leaves the EU parliament in Brussels on Jan 31, 2020.AP Photo/Francisco SecoAlberto Pezzali

In London, pro- and anti-Brexit gatherings were also organised.

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A anti-Brexit demonstrator spreads his wings during a gathering near Downing Street in London, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020.AP Photo/Alberto PezzaliAlberto Pezzali
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Brexit supporters celebrate during a rally in London, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020.AP Photo/Frank Augstein
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Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage shakes hands with his supporters in London, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020.AP Photo/Frank Augstein

Gatherings and vigils were also held across the United Kingdom.

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Elisa (L) and Katie Saemann, five and seven respectively, attend a rally by anti-Brexit protesters outside the Scottish parliament in Edinburgh, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020.AP Photo/Scott HeppellSCOTT HEPPELL
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Protesters from the campaign group Border Communities Against Brexit take part in a demonstration in Carrickcarnon on the Irish border, Ireland, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020.AP Photo/Peter Morrison
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A projection appears on a cliff in Ramsgate, southern England, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020.AP Photo/Matt Dunham

Celebrations and commiserations were also marked elsewhere in Europe.

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A man walks down stairs on which a Union Jack has been painted at the British territory of Gibraltar, Friday Jan. 31, 2020.AP Photo/Javier FergoJavier Fergo
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British living in France attend a pro-EU gathering in a pub closed to the British Embassy in Paris, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020.AP Photo/Francois Mori
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Participants in a flash mob sing in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 on the occasion of Britain's withdrawal from the European Union.Christoph Soeder/dpa via APChristoph Soeder

Shortly after midnight on the Old Continent, the three Union Jacks flying in in EU institutions in Brussels were taken down.

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A member of protocol removes the Union flag from the atrium of the Europa building in Brussels, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020.Olivier Hoslet, Pool Photo via APOLIVIER HOSLET