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In Pictures: Drama outside Palace of Westminster as MPs make Brexit decision

As MPs prepared to vote, they had no shortage of advice from the different factions gathered outside Parliament.

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Pro-Brexit protesters set fire to a flag outside the Palace of Westminster (Yui Mok/PA)

Pro-Brexit protesters set fire to a flag outside the Palace of Westminster (Yui Mok/PA)

Pro-Brexit protesters set fire to a flag outside the Palace of Westminster (Yui Mok/PA)

Theresa May was braced for the outcome of Tuesday’s vote on her Withdrawal Agreement – but there was plenty of theatre outside the Palace of Westminster as well as inside as the clock ticked down.

Opponents and supporters of Brexit were in loud voice outside Parliament as those inside prepared to deliver the verdict on the Prime Minister’s agreement with the European Union on the UK’s exit from the bloc.

The Union Flag, the European Union colours and the Scottish saltire were in evidence as those outside waited to hear what MPs would decide on the proposed Brexit deal, while flag-burning stunts and effigies of key figures in the debate also provided eye-catching evidence of passions on both sides of the argument.

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Journalists broadcast from outside 10 Downing Street ahead of the debate and vote (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Journalists broadcast from outside 10 Downing Street ahead of the debate and vote (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

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Journalists broadcast from outside 10 Downing Street ahead of the debate and vote (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

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A protester outside the Houses of Parliament (Yui Mok/PA)

A protester outside the Houses of Parliament (Yui Mok/PA)

A protester outside the Houses of Parliament (Yui Mok/PA)

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Anti-Brexit protesters were in attendance as well (Yui Mok/PA)

Anti-Brexit protesters were in attendance as well (Yui Mok/PA)

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Anti-Brexit protesters were in attendance as well (Yui Mok/PA)

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Anti-Brexit protester Steve Bray (left) talks with a Brexiteer at Westminster (Yui Mok/PA)

Anti-Brexit protester Steve Bray (left) talks with a Brexiteer at Westminster (Yui Mok/PA)

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Anti-Brexit protester Steve Bray (left) talks with a Brexiteer at Westminster (Yui Mok/PA)

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A mock Titanic is steered by ‘Theresa May’ in a stunt by campaigning group Avaaz (Yui Mok/PA)

A mock Titanic is steered by ‘Theresa May’ in a stunt by campaigning group Avaaz (Yui Mok/PA)

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A mock Titanic is steered by ‘Theresa May’ in a stunt by campaigning group Avaaz (Yui Mok/PA)

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Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock sported a pair of Union Jack flag socks (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock sported a pair of Union Jack flag socks (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

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Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock sported a pair of Union Jack flag socks (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

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‘Theresa May’ was getting ready for the vote (Yui Mok/PA)

‘Theresa May’ was getting ready for the vote (Yui Mok/PA)

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‘Theresa May’ was getting ready for the vote (Yui Mok/PA)

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Effigies of Theresa May, Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and David Davis were driven past the Houses of Parliament (Yui Mok/PA)

Effigies of Theresa May, Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and David Davis were driven past the Houses of Parliament (Yui Mok/PA)

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Effigies of Theresa May, Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and David Davis were driven past the Houses of Parliament (Yui Mok/PA)

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Saltire flags were in evidence in demonstrations outside Parliament (Yui Mok/PA)

Saltire flags were in evidence in demonstrations outside Parliament (Yui Mok/PA)

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Saltire flags were in evidence in demonstrations outside Parliament (Yui Mok/PA)

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Anti-Brexit protester Steve Bray used an oversized loudhailer to make his views clear (Yui Mok/PA)

Anti-Brexit protester Steve Bray used an oversized loudhailer to make his views clear (Yui Mok/PA)

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Anti-Brexit protester Steve Bray used an oversized loudhailer to make his views clear (Yui Mok/PA)

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A police officer extinguishes a flag that was set alight by pro-Brexit protesters (Yui Mok/PA)

A police officer extinguishes a flag that was set alight by pro-Brexit protesters (Yui Mok/PA)

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A police officer extinguishes a flag that was set alight by pro-Brexit protesters (Yui Mok/PA)

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