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Brexit

EU parliament gives final approval to Brexit deal

British Members of European Parliament react ahead of a vote on the Withdrawal Agreement at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium January 29, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Parliament on Wednesday gave its final approval to Britain’s divorce deal from the bloc, paving the way for Brexit to take place on Friday.

The chamber broke into singing Auld Lang Syne, a traditional Scottish song to bid farewell, after voting 621 for versus 49 against the Brexit deal, with 13 abstentions.

Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska, Robin Emmott

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