'We will always love you': EU Parliament clears Brexit deal; Britain set to go away European Union after 47 years of membership today
Brussels: the ecu Union grudgingly abandoning of the uk with a final vote Wednesday at the EU's parliament that ended the Brexit divorce battle and set the scene for tough trade negotiations within the year ahead.
In an emotion-charged session at the session in Brussels, lawmakers from all 28 EU countries expressed their love and sadness, while some, notably from Britain's Brexit Party, their joy.
Some even cried and lots of held hands during a mournful rendition of the Auld Lang Syne farewell song that contrasted sharply with hard-headed exhortations that Britain won't find it easy within the talks which will follow the country's official departure on Friday.
“We will always love you and that we will never be far," said EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
Britain will leave the EU after 47 years of membership. it's the primary country to go away the EU and for several in Europe its official departure at 11 pm London time on Friday, 31 January may be a moment of enormous sadness and reduces the amount within the bloc to 27.
With just two days to travel until Brexit day, the legislature overwhelmingly approved Britain's departure terms from the EU — 621 to 49 in favour of the Brexit deal that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson negotiated with the opposite 27 EU leaders within the fall of last year. The deal's passage follows last week's backing by the UK's Parliament.
The parliament's chief Brexit official, Guy Verhofstadt, said that “this vote isn't an adieu," adding that it's “only an adieu ."
Though the deal on Britain's divorce terms has cleared its hurdles, there are still huge uncertainties round the future relationship. After Britain's departure on Friday, a so-called transition period will begin during which the united kingdom will remain within the EU's economic arrangements until the top of the year though it won't have a say in policy because it won't be a member of the EU anymore.
“That's it. It's everywhere ," said Nigel Farage, who has campaigned for Brexit for 2 decades. On departing the scene, the person who arguably did quite anyone else within the country's decision to vote for Brexit within the June 2016 referendum, waved Britain's Union Jack .
EU countries are preparing for the likelihood that talks on a replacement trade affect Britain could collapse by year's end, and no-deal contingency planning for a chaotic end to the transition period is important .
Britain is seeking to hammer out a comprehensive trade deal within 11 months, a timetable viewed as ambitious by many observers of trade discussions, which may often drag on for years.
“We won't yield to any pressure nor any haste," French President Emmanuel Macron said in Paris. “The priority is to define, within the short, medium and future the interests of the ecu Union and to preserve them.”
The EU has said such a timespan is way too short and fears remain that a chaotic exit, averted in the week , might still happen at the top of the year if the transition ends with none agreement in situ .
Von der Leyen said the precondition to granting the united kingdom advantageous entry into its single market of just about half a billion consumers is that “European and British businesses still compete on A level playing field."
“We will definitely not expose our companies to unfair competition. And it's extremely clear the trade-off is straightforward . The more the uk does plan to upholding our standards for social protection and worker's rights, our guarantees for the environment and other standards and rules ensuring fair competition, the closer and better the access to the only market.”
Sticking to EU standards, however, is anathema to the Brexiteers who wanted to be free from any constraints imposed by Brussels.