KEIR RADNEDGE REPORTING —- At 11pm last night – Friday, January 31 – the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland left the European Union.

Brexit happened finally, some three and a half years after a referendum which spit the country in half. Well, almost.

One European organisation in which the UK still plays its part - literally

But the four corners of the country – England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales – remain in Europe in football terms. The British home countries remain as much members of UEFA as half of the membership of the European football federation.

Not only that but this year’s European Championship will end in a grand party in early July at Wembley. No transition needed.

As for the rest of the country and its organisations . . . who knows?