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Brussels bids farewell to UK with Brexit evening on Grand-Place

20:06 29/01/2020

Brussels City Hall will be lit up in the colours of the British flag on Thursday night, as the city puts on a big farewell event on the eve of Brexit.

The "Brussels Calling" get-together will feature live music and celebrate "the long friendship between the people of Brussels and the British".

A black London cab, a red telephone box, Sherlock Holmes and a Celtic pipe band are among the features for the special event from 16.00 to 21.00.

A few hundred metres away, Manneken Pis will don his John Bull costume, which was gifted to the statue in 1972.

The City of Brussels says the night of entertainment aims to "affirm that the capital of Europe will always remain welcoming to all British people".

Thursday night will also be the last Place Lux after-work party with Britain in the EU. British Green MEP Magid Magid is marking the occasion with live music and games from 18.30.

He tweeted: "Brexit's shit - 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."

Written by The Bulletin