International Relations Expert Professor Siphamandla Zondi says there is still a lot to be negotiated in the Brexit deal as the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union after 47 years on Friday.

Brexit was originally scheduled for March 31 last year but was repeatedly delayed when MPs rejected a previous withdrawal agreement reached by the European Union (EU).

Most EU laws will continue to be in force, including the free movement of people until the end of December, by which time the UK aims to have reached a permanent free trade agreement with the union.

Zondi says a new working relationship will need to be redefined.

“It is going to be an interesting take because there is quite a lot of stuff that needs to be negotiated to smooth the relationship. Both sides have committed to redefine and keep a close relationship under new circumstances. You could expect the EU to be keen to redefine the relationship and have one which will allow a bit of trade in there. The sticking point is around Scotland and Northern Ireland’s issues.”

Ahead of the Brexit move, SABC News Correspondent Stuart Smith takes a look at what happens next in the video below: