David Campbell Bannerman was on BBC Newsnight when he spoke out about the struggles of seeing Brexit through. He said: “I feel relieved, really. It was a hell of a battle.
“We were the underdogs, and people forget that.
“I mean, I was ten years in Parliament and it almost seemed incredible that when I first got there that we would ever achieve this.
“And it’s taken a lot of work and determination and persuasion to get here.
“So we are celebrating it but I think from the 31st we should all come together and grab the benefits of Brexit, which are very many in my opinion. “
And people were quick to provide their opinion on social media.
One said: “It took a lot of [sic] Boris Johnson getting Brexit done !!!!”
Another said: “Lying, cheating, misrepresentation etc etc!!!”
But a cheeky commenter was quick to reply with: “By Tony Blair and the Pro Remain warmongers. No wonder they want an EU army.”
Green Party MEP Molly Scott Cato, meanwhile, burst into tears after her final speech in Brussels.
Pro-Remain joined colleagues in a rendition of Auld Lang Syne.
Geoffrey Van Orden, leader of the Tory MEPs, said:
“The most significant point is what happens at 11pm this Friday marks the point of no return.
Once we’ve left we are never coming back and the rest frankly is detail. We’re going, we will be gone.”
“As a fact of history, culture and geography, Britain will still be a European power, the leading European power in NATO, committed to the security of the democracies of the European continent, sharing many of the standpoints and aspirations of the nations of Europe; an independent, sovereign country with friendly relations with the EU – that’s the aim.
“We are leaving the institutions of the EU, the increasingly intrusive regulations, the politically-driven ambit of the European Court of Justice, and the insatiable appetite for more political integration with its distaste for national sovereignty.
That’s the point – we feel the EU project has gone too far.”
Michel Barnier, EU’s chief negotiator, starkly warned Brussels will “firmly defend the interests of the Union and its member states”.
He added: “I would really and sincerely like to wish the UK well.”