As a new era of trade between the UK and Europe begins today, BORIS Johnson has said Brexit provides the opportunity to “transform our country”
The prime minister also said that, despite the divisions generated by the 2016 referendum and its aftermath, it meant “the end of the bitter bickering over ‘Europe’ that has haunted our politics for so long.”
On course to secure a second Holyrood majority in May, Nicola Sturgeon said she wants a fresh independence referendum to overturn Brexit and rejoin the EU.
In the U.K. At 11 p.m., they voted. Separating from Brussels last night and leaving the Single Market and Customs Union, having already entered the political union in January 2020.
Trade between the United Kingdom and its largest market will now be regulated by an agreement of 1,246 pages, which was negotiated on Christmas Eve and brought into effect on Wednesday in Westminster.
British ministers cautioned that as firms and shippers have to get used to the new paperwork and bureaucracy, the end of smooth trade and the arrival of full-fledged Brexit would be ‘bumpy’.
Thanks in part to lower New Year’s Day trade volumes, freight seems to be moving freely on the borders with Ireland and France under the new arrangements so far.
Ferry and port group Stena Line, however, announced that six cargo shipments bound for Ireland this morning from Holyhead in Wales had to be turned away because they lacked the necessary paperwork from the Irish Revenue Service.
Simon Coveney, Ireland’s Foreign Minister, said the change in trade agreements with Britain would eventually cause disruption.
“Today” he said on BBC Radio 4’s “We’re now going to see €80 billion (£71.2 billion) worth of trade across the Irish Sea between Britain and Ireland disrupted by a lot more checks and declarations, red tape and paperwork, costs and delays.” program.
The prime minister wrote in the Daily Telegraph newspaper, saying today marks the end of a “47-year experiment” that has given Britain both benefits and frustrations.
In the 1970s, when the nation was run down and coping with the loss of empire, the EU offered a “safe European home” for the United Kingdom, he said, but now it has “changed beyond recognition,” with global prospects.
He said the “grand new deal” with the EU fulfills the “most fundamental promises” of the referendum in 2016, and the United Kingdom. “taken back control of our money, our laws and our waters.”taken back under control.
He wrote: “And yet the essence of this treaty is also that it gives UK business and industry certainty because it means that we can continue to freely trade with the EU – with zero tariffs and zero quotas.”
I hope I would be forgiven for reminding the world that you couldn’t do both: you couldn’t have unfettered free trade with the EU, we were told, without complying with EU rules, many people used to insist. In both cases, you can’t have it, we were advised.
Perhaps suggesting that this is a pie-in-the-sky treaty would be inappropriately provocative, but it is certainly a treaty from the pastry department. On both sides of the channel, I think it’s a big win.
For us, it means the end of the bitter war over “Europe” that has for so long tarnished our politics. It means the end of the awkward feeling that we were constantly forced to sign off on the specifics of a scheme that we didn’t really believe in and didn’t really expect to happen, a massive federal union of states.
As far as our friends are concerned, it definitely does not mean that they have lost us, let alone our large appetite for their Maseratis or Gewürztraminers.
It doesn’t mean that we’re less European or that our mates are being discarded.
“That would be totally contradictory to the past of the last two or more centuries.
“On the contrary, we will remain the second largest contributor to NATO – the fundamental guarantor of peace and stability on the European continent – with our armed forces strengthened in the recent spending review with the biggest increase since the Cold War.”
In a sign showing that the U.K. “Mr. Johnson said that he would break away from the EU rules he inherited, “We need the opportunity created by Brexit to kick-start the sectors where we succeed, do things differently and make them better.