Tusk quotes Freddie Mercury lyrics on friendship ahead of Brexit summit

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Donald Tusk drew musical inspiration from Queen as he insisted the UK and European Union would remain friends.

The European Council president said “friends will be friends, right till the end”, ahead of Sunday’s summit of EU leaders which is expected to approve the Brexit deal.

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On the 27th anniversary of Queen singer Freddie Mercury’s death, Mr Tusk said the lyrics will act as “a motto for tomorrow”.

The lyrics come from the 1986 Queen track Friends Will Be Friends.

It is not the first time the Polish statesman has quoted British pop music lyrics.

Mr Tusk looked to John Lennon’s Imagine for inspiration when he revealed what he told friends when asked if he thought Brexit could be reversed, stating: “I told them that in fact the European Union was built on dreams that seemed impossible to achieve. So, who knows?

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I am not the only one.”