Thursday 24 December 2020 10:52 PM UTC
BRUSSELS Dec 24: Britain and the European Union struck a post-Brexit trade deal Thursday that they hope will cushion the economic blow of the UK’s imminent departure from the bloc after months of tortuous negotiations.
“The deal is done,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted, declaring that the UK would remain Europe’s ally and “number one market”.
“We have finally found an agreement,” the president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said.
“It was a long and winding road, but we have a good deal at the end of it,” she said. “The single market will be fair and remain so.”
Meanwhile, the main opposition Labour party will vote for Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s post-Brexit trade deal with the European Union, its leader Keir Starmer said on Thursday.
“I can say today that when this deal comes before parliament. Labour will accept it, and vote for it,” he said, adding it was in the national interest to do so given the alternative of no-deal.
But he criticised the accord as “not the deal that the government promised”, calling it “thin” and voicing fears about the government’s preparations for leaving the EU single market.
Britain’s post-Brexit trade deal with the European Union provides “a new stability and a new certainty”, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Thursday, adding UK-EU relations had sometimes been “fractious and difficult”.
“We will be your friend, your ally, your supporter and indeed never let it be forgotten your number one market,” he said at a press conference announcing the agreement.
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