Brexit — Johnson Signs Trade Deal After MPs’ Backing

  • Parliament approved the trade deal 521 to 73.
  • The Prime Minister expressed his hope of forging “a fantastic new relationship with our European neighbors based on free trade and friendly cooperation.”
  • A separate agreement is being worked on between the UK and Spain over Gibraltar.

On Wednesday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson signed the free trade and cooperation agreement reached on Christmas Eve between the United Kingdom and the European Union (EU). The agreement will govern the future relationship between both parties from January 1.

The Prime Minister, who signed the EU-UK trade deal at Downing Street shortly after its approval by the lawmakers said:

“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.”

Taking to Twitter, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen confirmed that she and European Council President Charles Michel “signed the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement” in Brussels.

The Prime Minister’s signing of the pact came after its approval in the House of Commons, by 521 votes in favor and 73 against. The House of Lords has also endorsed it.

Once royal ascent from Queen Elizabeth II is obtained tonight, the ratification of the legislative text will enter into force with the materialization of Brexit on January 1.

As of this Friday, the United Kingdom will be out of the single market and the customs union, and its commercial links with the bloc of 27 will be governed by this pact.

In addition to the Trade and Cooperation Agreement, an agreement on security procedures to exchange and protect classified information between both parties, and another for Cooperation for the Safe and Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy will also enter into force.

The documents have also already been stamped by the Presidents of the European Commission and the European Council on behalf of the EU.

Opening the debate on the agreement in the Commons this morning, which has lasted five hours, Prime Minister Johnson stressed that this bill “represents one of the largest free trade agreements in the world,” which will allow the United Kingdom to recover the “control of our money, our borders, our laws.”

The Prime Minister expressed his hope of forging “a fantastic new relationship with our European neighbors based on free trade and friendly cooperation.”

According to Prime Minister Johnson, this project – which was carried out in the Commons with the support of the Labor opposition – will allow UK companies to do “more business” with EU countries.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to formally sign an EU-UK post-Brexit trade deal.

The bill that is being sent through the urgent process in the Parliament of Westminster transposes into British legislation the commitments acquired with the EU on the relationship between both parties as of January 1.

The central purpose of this bill is to accomplish something that the British people always knew in their hearts could be done but which we were continually told was impossible,” he said.

“We were told we could not have our cake and eat it . . . namely that we could trade and cooperate with our European neighbors on the closest terms of friendship and goodwill, whilst retaining sovereign control of our laws and our national destiny.”

The PM also hit out at MPs who were opposed to the deal – including some within his own party. He said:

“When the default is no deal it’s not a mark of how pro-European you are to reject implementing this treaty. It isn’t in the national interest to duck a question or to hide in the knowledge that others will save you from the consequences of your own vote.”

The agreement, sealed on the 24th of December, after nine months of negotiations, ensures that the United Kingdom can “trade and cooperate” with the 27 members of the EU “in the closest terms of friendship and goodwill.”

Meanwhile, Spain and the United Kingdom continue to negotiate a specific agreement on Gibraltar.

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