The homologous pairs of chromosomes are lined up double file along the metaphase plate. Spindle fibers from the poles of the cell are attached to the centromeres of each pair of homologues.
Homologous chromosomes are separated as they are pulled by spindle fibers and migrate to opposite poles. At each pole only half the number of chromosomes is received. These chromosomes are not the same as existed at the beginning of prophase. Each chromosome consists of one if its original chromatids and the other has a mixture of segments of its own and a segment of chromatid from its homologue (due to crossing over).
Homologous pairs continue to separate until they reach the poles of the cell. Each pole has the monoploid number of chromosome. The nucleolus reappears and nuclear membrane forms. The daughter nuclei begin the second meiotic division.