Britain’s departure from the EU on 31 January was set in stone in a historic moment for the nation as MEPs in Brussels ratified the withdrawal agreement before breaking out in a rendition of Auld Lang Syne, BOL News learnt
According to the details, As the president of the European parliament, David Sassoli, announced the result of the vote, with 621 in favour to 38 against with 13 abstentions, MEPs stood almost as one to sing the Scottish song.
The vote ensures that the UK’s 47 years of membership of the EU will now end at midnight central European time on Friday, after years of troubled talks and uncertainty.
Sassoli concluded the session by quoting the murdered British MP Jo Cox, who was killed during the 2016 referendum campaign: “We have a lot more in common than divides us.”
The withdrawal agreement was approved by the European Parliament on Wednesday evening by 621 votes in favour, 49 against and 13 abstentions.
Brexit: the withdrawal agreement was approved by the European Parliament on Wednesday evening by 621 votes in favour, 49 against and 13 abstentions. Press release ➡️ https://t.co/fcUxkM1xBv pic.twitter.com/WMzfqPNAwj
— European Parliament (@Europarl_EN) January 29, 2020
Be clear that earlier on January 24, Top European Union (EU) officials signed the Brexit agreement on Friday.
According to the details, The heads of the EU Commission and Council put their signatures on the Brexit deal negotiated with the UK. Here’s what else needs to happen before Britain leaves the bloc at the end of the month.
Commission head Ursula von der Leyen and Council leader Charles Michel attended Friday’s official signing ceremony at the Council’s headquarters in Brussels, alongside chief EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier.
European Council President Charles Michel tweeted photos of the overnight signing with the president of the EU’s powerful executive commission, Ursula von der Leyen, in the presence of their Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier.