Members of the European Parliament will launch into an emotional rendition of Auld Lang Syne after they vote in favour of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement in Brussels today, James Crisp reports.

Terry Reintke, a German green MEP, is organising the song after the final vote on the Brexit deal, which removes the last major obstacle to Britain leaving the EU on 31 January. 

Ms Reintke called colleagues to sing the song  after the vote as “a symbol of hope, friendship and solidarity”.

MEPs could also hold their mobile phone torches aloft in a symbolic gesture that they have “left the light on” so the UK could one day find its way back to the EU.

SNP MEPs plan to leave the European Parliament after the historic vote this evening, accompanied by a kilted piper playing Flower of Scotland and Ode to Joy, the EU anthem. 


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