Brexit: Boris Johnson says trade deal is his Christmas gift | UK News
Boris Johnson said the Brexit trade deal was his Christmas gift to the country – he served as a “party” after promising a “stove-ready deal”.
The Prime Minister used his Christmas message to say that he believed the agreement would be the basis of a “happy and successful” relationship with the EU.
Speaking on a Downing Street filmed message he shared on Twitter, the Prime Minister said, “I have a small gift for anyone looking for something to read in that sleepy moment after Christmas.”
He then grabbed the 500-page document: “This is good news because it is a deal, a deal that promises businesses and travelers, all investors in our country from next year.
“An agreement with our friends and allies in the European Union.”
Mr Johnson said the “stove-ready deal” he promised during the 2019 election was “just a starter” and the 500-page deal was a “feast”.
A trade deal was struck at 1:44 pm on Christmas Eve following nine months of frequent bitter negotiations.
It will come into force on January 1, which means Britain will not withdraw from the EU.
The text of the law has not yet been released, but the Prime Minister says it will allow companies to “do more business with our European friends” when they regain control of our laws and our destiny – a campaign that echoes the key message of the referendum.
Expected announcements by Britain and the EU across Christmas Eve have been consistently delayed as last-minute talks took place.
One of the biggest sticking points – fishing rights – continued to hold the contract.
At a Downing Street press conference, Mr Johnson said: “We have regained control of our laws and our destiny. We have regained control of every joke and control of our control.
“Since January 1 we have been outside the customs union and outside the single market.
“British law shall be made by the British Parliament only, with the jurisdiction of the British Judges sitting in the Courts of England and the European Court of Justice expiring.”
Labor leader Sir Khair Stormer has labeled it a “thin” deal that “does not provide adequate protection” for British manufacturing, financial services, creative industries or workers’ rights.
However he acknowledged that their numbers were not enough to defeat President Conte’s government.
European Commission President Ursula van der Leyen also gave a much worse note than Mr Johnson: “We have finally reached an agreement.
“It was a long and winding road, but we got a good deal to show for it.
“It’s fair, it’s a balanced agreement, it’s the right and responsible thing for both parties to do.”
The fishing industry will have a five-and-a-half year transition period and will continue to collaborate on issues including climate change, energy, safety and transportation.
Halleers welcomed the trade deal with caution and warned that drivers needed time to adapt to changes at the French border.
Truck drivers will face customs checks upon entering France from Jan. 1, while they will need permission to access the Kendall Channel crossings as part of a plan to prevent county roads from being blocked by potential delays.
The Road Howlage Association fears that its members will be affected by “a lot of new paperwork” and called on the government to grant a six-month implementation period from the beginning of 2021.
The trade agreement will “benefit businesses and travelers alike,” said Eutenal operator Ketling.
The company also said it would create a “digital wallet” eurotonal border pass to allow hauliers to store information needed to cross the border without presenting physical documents.
Mr Johnson said the deal would include trade worth about $ 660 billion:
- Goods and components can be sold in the EU market without tariffs and quotas.
- At the end of the five-and-a-half-year transition, it will allow the share of fish in British waters to rise by two-thirds from half the UK.
- Allegations of unfair competition will be determined by an independent third party arbitration panel with the possibility of a “proportional” response.
The Prime Minister admitted that he was compelled to present his demands related to fisheries and that he did not have everything he needed in the most important financial services sector.
Parliament will be called back from its Christmas break to vote on the deal on December 30, but MPs have been urged not to return in person, except “absolutely necessary” due to the epidemic.
It’s almost certain to be recognized, but Mr Johnson may face stiff opposition from Brexit.
The Tory European research team has promised to assemble a “star room” of lawyers to drill 500 pages of the deal.
The agreement must be ratified by all 27 EU members – and their ambassadors will receive a Christmas Day conference from leading negotiator Michael Barnier.
The European Parliament will not be able to vote on the agreement until the new year, meaning its use will be temporary until they give the green light.