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The EU and UK have reached a post-Brexit trade deal, ending months of disagreements over fishing rights and future business rules.

At a Downing Street press conference, Boris Johnson said: "We have taken back control of our laws and our destiny."

The text of the agreement has yet to be released, but the PM claimed it was a "good deal for the whole of Europe".

The UK is set to exit EU trading rules next Thursday - a year after officially leaving the 27 nation bloc.

It will mean big changes for business, with the UK and EU forming two separate markets, and the end of free movement.

But the trade deal will come as a major relief to many British businesses, already reeling from the impact of coronavirus, who feared disruption at the borders and the imposition of tariffs, or taxes on imports.

As the deal was announced, Mr Johnson - who had repeatedly said the UK would "prosper mightily" without a deal - tweeted a picture of himself smiling with both thumbs lifted in the air.

At his press conference, he said: "We have completed the biggest deal yet worth £668bn a year.

"A comprehensive Canada-style deal between the UK and the EU. A deal that will protect jobs across this country, that will enable UK goods to be sold without tariffs, without quotas in the EU market.

"A deal which will allow our companies to do even more business with our European friends."

In a statement, Downing Street said: "We have taken back control of our money, borders, laws, trade and our fishing waters."

Echoing Mr Johnson's general election slogan, it added "we have got Brexit done".

n a press conference in Brussels, European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen said: "This was a long and winding road but we have got a good deal to show for it.

"It is fair, it is a balanced deal, and it is the right and responsible thing to do for both sides."

She added that now was "time to turn the page and look to the future" and that the UK "remains a trusted partner".

There will be a five-and-a-half year transition period for the fishing industry, she indicated.

And co-operation will continue on issues including climate change, energy, security and transport.(BBC)

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  • Coconut Thursday, 24 December 2020 10:53 PM

    WELL DONE UK. CONGRATULATIONS.

    Nut Friday, 25 December 2020 07:45 AM

    Boris, Boris lives next door?

    Premalal Perera Friday, 25 December 2020 05:52 AM

    Looks like Boris Johnson sold the British people out.


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