The Independent reports:
Boris Johnson has confirmed that UK and EU negotiators have finally agreed a Brexit trade deal, just eight days before the transition period was due to end – in a historic move for Britain.
It follows a press conference given by EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen and former chief negotiator Michel Barnier just moments ago in which they confirmed a deal was done, and that it is now time “to leave Brexit behind us”.
The eleventh-hour agreement, which only emerged after a litany of missed deadlines, represents the largest trade deal ever signed by either side, retaining existing zero-tariff arrangements on imports and exports totaling around £668bn a year.
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‘For the first time since 1973 we will be an independent coastal state with full control of our fishing waters.’
— ITV News (@itvnews) December 24, 2020
“We will be able to catch and eat quite prodigious quantities of extra fish”
Swell. Just swell.
— Jon Worth (@jonworth) December 24, 2020
So @BorisJohnson says that the deal he has negotiation will “if anything” allow UK businesses to do “even more” trade with the European Union.
I think fair to say that is an optimistic view of where industry sees it. #Brexit
— Peter Foster (@pmdfoster) December 24, 2020
Johnson’s excuse for screwing up #COVID19 – I was too busy focusing on #BrexitDeal.
Johnson’s excuse for screwing up #BrexitDeal – I was too busy focusing on #COVID19.
The fact is he lost interest in both – if he was ever really interested in either – a long time ago.
— Tim Walker (@ThatTimWalker) December 16, 2020
The deal is done. pic.twitter.com/zzhvxOSeWz
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) December 24, 2020