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15 July, 2020
 
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European Parliament says goodbye to UK

Nigel Farage cut off midsentence in flag-waving row during Brexit bill debate

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The European Parliament has given its final approval to Britain’s divorce deal from the bloc, paving the way for Brexit to take place on Friday.

The chamber in Brussels broke into singing Auld Lang Syne, a traditional Scottish song to bid farewell, following a Wednesday vote with 621 in favour of the Brexit deal, 49 against, and 13 abstentions.

The UK is due to leave the bloc at 11pm GMT on Friday (Saturday morning 1:00am CYP time).

During the debate of the bill, Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage said “we love Europe, we just hate the European Union.” 

He and members of the Brexit Party later started waving British Union flags during his speech, causing a commotion in the Chamber.

Farage was midway through a sentence when his microphone was cut off, with Speaker Mairead McGuinness saying “if you disobey the rules you get cut off."

“Put your flags away, you are leaving, and and take them with you,” she said.

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