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A British MEP is throwing a party to cheer up people who are unhappy the UK is leaving the EU on Friday.
Magid Magid, Green Party MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber, is holding a “Brexit's s**t, but let's party anyway” event in Brussels on Thursday.
The European Parliament is expected to overwhelmingly back ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement in a final vote on Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal, paving the way for the UK to leave on 31 January.
Former lord mayor of Sheffield “Magic” Magid isn’t a fan of Brexit and is hoping to commiserate with fellow Remainers at his event.
Magid wrote on the Facebook event listing: “Hard or soft, Brexit's s**t – but that doesn't mean we can't party together! Let's meet for the historic last Plux with the UK in the EU and go out in style – don't miss it.
“Meet us on the grass – the bars nearby will be offering drinks promos & warmth with one of our stickers!
“We'll also provide some outdoor shelter.”
Magid added he’d be performing alongside the F*** Brexit Orchestra and also promised fun and games, including fake weddings, a hat challenge and Brexit Traffic Light party.
He promised the event would be better than Nigel Farage's Brexit celebration.
Foreign secretary Dominic Raab has signed the official document ratifying the deal for the UK side, which was then taken to Brussels by Britain’s ambassador to the EU, Sir Tim Barrow.
Raab said it was a “historic moment” and “the start of a new chapter for an independent, sovereign Britain, looking forward to a decade of renewal and opportunity”.
It follows the completion last week of the passage of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill through the British Parliament at Westminster.
The agreement settles the terms of Britain’s departure, including future citizens’ rights, the arrangements on the Northern Ireland border and the UK’s divorce settlement.
It also allows for an 11-month transition period, during which the UK will continue to follow EU rules while talks take place on a free trade agreement.
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Mr Johnson has said he wants a comprehensive deal – covering all aspects of Britain’s future relationship with the EU, including security – by the end of the year.
He has been adamant that he will not contemplate any extension of the transition period beyond the end of 2020.
However, senior EU figures have repeatedly warned that reaching such a wide-ranging agreement will not be possible within such a tight timetable.