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'Sit down, put your flags away and take them with you' - Irish MEP McGuinness cuts off Farage during final EU speech

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Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage along with other MEPs wave British flags ahead of a vote on the Withdrawal Agreement at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium January 29, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage along with other MEPs wave British flags ahead of a vote on the Withdrawal Agreement at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium January 29, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman

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Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage along with other MEPs wave British flags ahead of a vote on the Withdrawal Agreement at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium January 29, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman

IRISH MEP Mairead McGuinness shut down Nigel Farage's flag-waving during his final speech at the European Parliament.

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.

Farage was greeted by cheers and the waving of union jack flags by his party's MEPs as he declared Britain was "never coming back".

But McGuinness, a member of Fine Gael and the parliament's vice president, said: "If you disobey the rules, you get cut off. Could we please remove the flags?

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage and his allies waved Union Flags as he finished his final speech in the European Parliament, before his mic was cut off by Mairead McGuinness for breaking the rules.

"Please sit down, resume your seats, put your flags away - you’re leaving - and take them with you."

In his final speech to the parliament, Mr Farage insisted there could be no turning back once Britain was out.

"This is it, the final chapter, the end of the road, a 47-year political experiment that the British frankly have never been very happy with," he said.

The Brexit Party leader said he hoped Britain's departure would start a debate across the rest of Europe about the EU's future.

"I'm hoping this begins the end of this project. It's a bad project, it isn't just undemocratic, it's anti-democratic."

Boris Johnson said the UK will make a "dignified" exit from the European Union and embark on a new chapter.

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Nigel Farage in the parliament chamber at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Nigel Farage in the parliament chamber at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

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The British Prime Minister said Brexit at 11pm on Friday would be a "moment of hope" for the country.

But with the country still deeply split following the 2016 referendum, Mr Johnson said he would be celebrating in a "respectful" manner.

Answering questions on Facebook, Johnson said: "What I will be doing is, in common with everybody else, I will be making a dignified exit from the European Union.

"I will be celebrating in a way that I hope is respectful of the scale of the event, that does justice to the astonishing feat that Britain has accomplished but also is mindful of everybody's feelings about what we are doing.

The UK will leave the European Union on Friday with a deal in place after the European Parliament approved the Withdrawal Agreement by 621 votes to 49. Pro-Remain MEPs burst into a chorus of Auld Lang Syne following the vote passing the last barrier to Brexit.

"It is a great moment for our country, it is a moment of hope and opportunity but it is also, I think, a moment for us to come together in a spirit of confidence."

The prime minister will deliver an "address to the nation" an hour before the UK's departure from the bloc.

Government buildings in Whitehall will be lit up in red, white and blue to celebrate Brexit, while Parliament Square and Pall Mall will be festooned with British flags.

A light display, featuring a countdown clock, is also planned for Downing Street, while three million 50p coins will mark the occasion bearing the words "Peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations."

With additional reporting from PA

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage reflects on being asked to leave the European Parliament following his speech in Brussels. Farage and his allies waved Union flags following the speech, with the UK set to leave the EU on January 31.

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