The European Parliament approved the treaty regulating the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU. A large majority (621 against 49 votes) gave the green light for the divorce agreement. After the vote, the Scottish friendship and farewell song “Auld Lang Syne” was sung.
The approval paves the way for the British to continue Friday from midnight after more than 47 years of membership. More than 3.5 years after the Brexit referendum and after repeatedly postponing the departure date, it is almost done. The United Kingdom will remain bound by EU legislations until the end of this year. In the meantime, the future relationship is being negotiated.
“This is not an adieu but an au revoir,” it was said during the previous debate in parliament.