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Au Revoir United Kingdom: Brussels farewell to British MEPs Before Brexit Afternoon

“To our British colleagues – they’ve always attracted humor, charm, intellect, well, (at least) a few of these did. I can only say we’ll miss you.”

“To our British colleagues, they’ve always attracted humor, charm, intellect, well, (at least) a few of these did. I can only say we’ll miss you.”

The incoming British MEP Seb Dance stated it was psychological:

“It has been bizarre for quite a while I guess, but now feels raw, in ways Which You Can sort of deal with Brexit on Your kind of way, but when you have coworkers coming up for you having a large farewell occasion with tears flowing down, it is very difficult to keep it together”

Still another incoming British MEP, Alexandra Phillips, was pleased about the historic moment:

“Look, it’s occurring, democracy has prevailed. Man has awakened to the institution. The people have stated we want to leave the EU and it is happening, and it is an unbelievable historic accomplishment.”

She believes cooperation between the EU and the UK will probably be needed later on:

“When we leave the EU, also I understand acutely as somebody responsible today for justice in Northern Ireland at the Meeting, there are enormous issues around the way we keep the collaboration, the way we find workarounds and replacements to the constructions that we’ve relied on for several years throughout the EU, and that’ll be a continuous procedure.”

MEPs from throughout Parliament sang’Auld Lang Syne’ from the room on Wednesday. And while Brexit could be achieved a done deal today, the narrative of the UK’s departure is far from completed. And for its 73 MEPs who’ll lose their jobs Friday, this is a likely surreal moment.