The United Kingdom and European Union negotiators have decided on a post-Brexit trade agreement.
The deal was finalized on Christmas Eve – just a week before the existing trade deals expire – after months of negotiations and last-minute wrangling.
A source from Downing Street insisted that “everything that was promised to the British public during the 2016 referendum and last year’s general election will be delivered through this agreement.”
“They added, “Our money, borders, rules, trade and our fishing waters have been taken back under control.
In any part of the UK, the agreement is great news for families and corporations. We have signed the first free trade agreement ever negotiated with the EU based on zero tariffs and zero quotas.
“The agreement is the largest bilateral trade deal signed by either side and is worth £668 billion in trade in 2019.”
The Downing Street source added: “The agreement also ensures that we are no longer in the wake of the EU, that we are not bound by EU rules, that the European Court of Justice has no role and that all our key red lines on the return of sovereignty have been met. This means that on January 1, 2021, we will have full political and economic independence.”
A point-based immigration system would give us complete control of who is entering the UK which will end free movement.
We have accomplished this great deal in record time and in extraordinarily difficult circumstances for the whole of the United Kingdom, which preserves the integrity of our single market and the position of Northern Ireland in it.
“We’ve got Brexit behind us and we can now take full advantage of the fantastic opportunities we have as an independent trading nation and strike trade deals with other partners around the world.”
Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon said there is “no deal that will ever make up for what Brexit has taken away from Scotland.”
Reacting to Twitter news of the agreement, she wrote: “It’s worth remembering before the spin begins that Brexit is happening against the will of Scotland.”
It’s worth noting, before the spin begins, that Brexit is happening against the will of Scotland. And there’s no deal that’s ever going to make up for what Brexit is taking away from us. It’s time as an independent, European nation to shape our own future.
– Nicola Sturgeon December 24, 2020 (@NicolaSturgeon)
“There is no deal that will ever make up for what Brexit takes away from us. It’s time to shape our own future as an independent, European nation.”
A photo of himself smiling and giving both thumbs in the air was tweeted by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
“The deal is done,” he wrote.
Ursula von der Leyen, President of the EU Committee, said, “We have finally found an agreement.”
It was a long, winding road, but we had a good deal to show for it.
“It’s fair, it’s a balanced deal, and it’s the right and responsible thing for both sides.”