EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier is spending his Christmas Day pouring over the historic 2,000-page Brexit deal.
A £660billion commerce deal was lastly secured yesterday after 4 years of bitter wrangling between the UK and EU.
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Michel Barnier carries the two,000 web page Brexit deal as we speakCredit score: Reuters
Boris Johnson final evening joked he had a ‘small current for anybody who could also be on the lookout for one thing to learn’ after their Christmas lunch
He hailed ‘glad tidings of nice pleasure’ as he proudly held up his Brexit deal
Barnier as we speak appeared in good spirits as he clutched the whopping 2,000-page binder in Brussels as we speak.
He mentioned “mission completed” earlier than making his method into EU headquarters to satisfy with ambassadors.
At this time’s landmark Christmas Day assembly was the primary of a number of EU co-reper conferences to log out on the deal.
The bloc’s chief negotiator and his staff had been praised by diplomats from every of the 27 EU member states for his or her “resilience and steadfastness”.
Barnier mentioned ‘mission completed’ as he headed into EU headquartersCredit score: AFP or licensors
It comes after a deal was lastly sealed that may permit us to commerce freely with the EU with out tariffs or quotas.
The deal additionally means the UK can lastly reduce ties with Europe’s meddlesome judges and sever the bloc’s pink tape as promised within the historic 2016 referendum.
Boris Johnson final evening hailed “glad tidings of nice pleasure” in a Christmas message.
Talking in a video on Twitter, the PM mentioned: “Tonight, on Christmas Eve, I’ve a small current for anybody who could also be on the lookout for one thing to learn in that sleepy post-Christmas lunch second.
“And right here it’s, tidings, glad tidings of nice pleasure as a result of it is a deal.
“A deal to present certainty to enterprise, travellers, and all buyers in our nation from January 1.
“A take care of our buddies and companions within the EU.
“You keep in mind the oven prepared deal by which we got here out on January 31, that oven prepared deal was simply the beginning – that is the feast, stuffed with fish, by the best way.
“And I imagine it will likely be the premise of a contented and profitable and steady partnership with our buddies within the EU for years to come back.
“So, that is it, that is the excellent news from Brussels, now for the sprouts, and a contented Christmas to you all.”
4 years, 5 months and 29 days after the British individuals voted to go away the EU, the PM declared we might lastly be capable to set our personal guidelines from January 1 and strike out on our personal – after 40 years shackled to Brussels.
He acquired one other increase final evening as Sir Keir Starmer vowed that Labour would again the deal – which means it is prone to sail by the Commons subsequent week.
Boris instructed the nation at a momentous press convention: “We’ve taken again management of our future – each jot and tittle of our legal guidelines.”
Whereas No10 insisted “every part that the British public was promised throughout the 2016 referendum and within the common election final yr is delivered by this deal”.
They added: “We’ve taken again management of our cash, borders, legal guidelines, commerce and our fishing waters.
“The deal is improbable information for households and companies in each a part of the UK. We’ve signed the primary free commerce settlement primarily based on zero tariffs and 0 quotas that has ever been achieved with the EU
“The deal is the largest bilateral commerce deal signed by both facet, masking commerce price £668bn in 2019.”
Boris has lastly secured an settlement to forestall a No Deal
The PM on a video name with Von Der Leyen because the settlement was lastly accomplished