Britain Brexits - United Kingdom leaves the European Union

Britain leaves EU on Brexit day

LONDON (Reuters) - The United Kingdom finally cast off from the European Union on Friday for an uncertain Brexit future, turning its back on post-World War Two attempts to unite the once warring nations of Europe into a global power.

In its biggest geopolitical shift since the loss of its sprawling empire, the United Kingdom slipped away at 2300 GMT - ending 47 years of membership in a step cast by Prime Minister Boris Johnson as the dawn of new era.

(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton; editing by Andy Bruce)