Boris Johnson

The deal is done.

24-12-2020Andrew Parsons, No 10 Downing Street

At the press conference on Thursday afternoon to explain details of the post-Brexit trade deal between the EU and the UK, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that agreement "had finally been found". "It was a long and winding road, but we have got a good deal to show for it."

Boris Johnson said that "We have taken back control of every jot and tittle of our regulation in a way that is complete and unfettered.

"Of course the arguments were sometimes fierce, but this I believe is a good deal for the whole of Europe. It will not be a bad thing in my view for the EU to have a prosperous, dynamic and contented UK on the doorstep." Above all, the deal "means certainty for business".

An earlier statement from 10 Downing Street read:

"Everything that the British public was promised during the 2016 referendum and in the general election last year is delivered by this deal. We have taken back control of our money, borders, laws, trade and our fishing waters. The deal is fantastic news for families and businesses in every part of the UK.

"We have signed the first free trade agreement based on zero tariffs and zero quotas that has ever been achieved with the EU. The deal is the biggest bilateral trade deal signed by either side, covering trade worth £668bn in 2019.

"The deal also guarantees that we are no longer in the lunar pull of the EU, we are not bound by EU rules, there is no role for the European Court of Justice and all of our key red lines about returning sovereignty have been achieved."

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colin / Hace 11 months

You are right, the fishing is not so important in monetary values, but it is extremely important in ideological values as Britain becomes once again an independent country, opening up our trade to our true commonwealth friends, trading with the EU as an equal partner we have much that they want. Interesting times ahead.

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Harry / Hace 11 months

Mark, there are some things one can’t quantify in percentages. Like pride.

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Nigel / Hace 11 months

Mark, I think I could explain a lot of things to you, however not here. As an observation, I do agree with your last sentence, but then I am not Spanish and they are her Islands. When in Rome do as the Romans do, comes to mind.

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James T / Hace 11 months

Nigel, you have no idea what's in the 2,000 pages, all you know is that there are approximately 2,00 pages. Read it, read some diverse commentaries of what it includes, then make a decision on how good or bad it is.

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Mark Badoer / Hace 11 months

Nigel, I am not sure what you are cheering about or proud of. Although this deal is better than no deal, it is still very much a hard Brexit of which the Brits will suffer by far the most. I wish you well on your island, glad I don´t live there anymore.

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Nigel / Hace 11 months

And all you of little faith, slamming BJ and etc. time to eat your words.

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Mark Badoer / Hace 11 months

Can someone explain me what is the big deal about fishing? On navy ships, canons were cleaned and made ready to fire, to protect the fishing waters of the UK after 31-12-2020. Fishing is NOTHING in the scheme of things. The fishing industry represents 0,1% of the total British economy. Yet it is made out that without these fishing rights, Britain would be doomed. Having Armengol, now that is what I would call being doomed.

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