Wednesday 30 December 2020 8:22 PM UTC
LONDON Dec 30: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday signed a post-Brexit trade deal with the European Union, acclaiming it as the start of a “wonderful relationship” across the Channel.
“It’s an excellent deal for this country but also for our friends and partners,” he said at the signing in Downing Street, after EU chiefs Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel earlier had themselves inked the 1,246-page Trade and Cooperation Agreement.
The deal, which stretches to 1,246 pages and covers £660bn worth of trade, will now pass to the House of Lords to be considered by peers.
The government is hoping the agreement will pass through all of its required parliamentary stages in a single day on Wednesday.
And, therefore, it will be fully ratified ahead of the end of the Brexit transition period at 11pm on New Year’s Eve.
Little more than an hour after the vote, Mr Johnson added his formal signature to the EU-UK trade deal in Downing Street.
“The treaty that I’ve just signed is not the end, it is a new beginning and I think the beginning of what will be a wonderful relationship between the UK and our friends and partners in the EU,” he said.
The documents had been flown to London in an RAF plane after being signed by European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels on Wednesday morning.
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