Post-Brexit trade deal done, UK takes control back: Boris Johnson

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LONDON: The EU and UK have reached a post-Brexit trade deal on Thursday, ending months of disagreements over fishing rights and future business rules. At a Downing Street press conference, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “We have taken back control of our laws and our destiny.”

The prime minister added that although arguments had been “fierce” it was a “good deal for the whole of Europe”, driving jobs and prosperity, BBC has reported. 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”.

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Mr Johnson 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. He said he hoped the UK Parliament would be recalled on 30 December to vote on deal – it will also need to be ratified by the European Parliament.

The opposition Labour Party – which is widely expected to back the deal – said it would be setting out its formal response “in due course”.

“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.”

EU chief Ursula von der Leyen said it was a “fair and balanced” deal. In a press conference in Brussels, the European Commission president 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”.