EU ambassadors unanimously agreed to the provisional implementation of the United Kingdom-EU Historic Trade and Cooperation Agreement.
This morning, the diplomats met in Brussels and their decision is now paving the way for the European Parliament next month to vote on the agreement and apply it retroactively. The agreement will be debated and voted on by MEPs and parliamentarians on Wednesday.
The German EU presidency spokesman said the ambassadors agreed to give the ‘green light’ to the new agreement that was signed on Christmas Eve, just days before the transition period ended at 11 p.m. On Thursday.
“EU ambassadors have unanimously approved the provisional application of the EU-UK trade and cooperation agreement from Jan. 1, 2021.” he said.
Tory Euroskeptics were scrutinizing the details of the 1,200-page contract, which is worth £ 670 billion in trade, ahead of the House of Commons vote. In the next 24 hours, Boris Johnson is scheduled to hold a virtual meeting with Conservative backbenchers.
In order to reduce charges while commuting to the EU, Michael Gove advised British people to take out extensive travel insurance to cover health expenses and check their mobile phone roaming policies.
The Minister of the Cabinet Office also warned companies that the time to make final arrangements before the U.K. is “very short” The biggest trading partner starts trading and minimizes what he said will be “some disruption.”
The Scotsman declared, “In just three days, the Brexit transition period will end and we will finally have regained our independence.”
Lord Heseltine, the Conservative Europhile Grandee, urged MPs and peers to refrain from voting on the U.K.-EU trade agreement, warning the nation that it would inflict “lasting damage”
The former deputy prime minister said he did not in any way “not support” the law, but would not vote against it because it would be much more serious with the implications of a no deal.
Still, as the Labour Party is encouraging its MPs to vote for the “skinny” deal, the bill is likely to pass both houses, claiming the only other alternative would be a messy departure without a trade deal.
The IPPR think tank cautioned that the safeguards in the agreement were “weaker than expected” and that the rights of employees and protection of the environment were at risk.
The prime minister denied, however, that the U.K. Two concerns that both parties have undertaken to maintain in the agreement will take backward steps on workers’ rights and environmental standards.
All this really means is that the UK is not going to send kids up chimneys immediately or spill raw sewage over its beaches. We’re not going to go backwards, and that’s expected,”All this really means is that the UK will not immediately send children up chimneys or pour raw sewage over its beaches. We’re not going to go backwards, and that’s to be expected,”We’re not going to go backwards, and that’s expected.
Nonetheless, Johnson recognized that the agreement “may not go as far as we would like.” in terms of access to EU financial services markets.
But he said Rishi Sunak, along with a “major exercise” for reform in the new year, was doing a “major effort by the government” on corporate taxes and regulation.
The chancellor said the country will now be able to “do things a little bit differently,” pointing to new prospects for the financial sector and stressing that those worried about the financial consequences should be “enormously reassure” by the trade deal.
This agreement can be a tremendously unifying moment for our nation and, after the divisions of the past few years, bring people together,”This agreement can be a tremendously unifying moment for our country and bring people together after the divisions of the last few years,”
But Barrie Deas, executive director of the Fishermen’s Organization National Federation, accused Johnson of “going out on a limb” on fishing quotas in order to obtain just “a fraction of what Britain has a right to under international law.”
He noted that the prime minister had “sacrificed” other goals to fishing, with the problem proving to be a persistent sticking point during negotiations.
When it was published in full on Boxing Day – less than a week before its execution – a rushed review of the deal, secured on Christmas Eve, began in earnest.
“It was predicted that the self-styled “Star Chamber” of lawyers led by veteran Eurosceptic MP Sir Bill Cash and recruited by the European Study Community of Tory Brexiteers will deliver its