Brexit deal: Boris Johnson says EU trade agreement resolves 'question that has bedevilled politics for decades' – live
Ursula von der Leyen says ‘it is time to leave Brexit behind’ after long negotiations at European commission’s headquarters in BrusselsFull report: UK and EU agree Brexit trade dealBust-ups and brinkmanship: inside story of how the deal was doneFishing data mix-up delayed Brexit deal announcementDeal ‘disastrous’ for Scottish seed potato farmers, says Sturgeon 4.34pm GMT The British Retail Consortium has welcomed the free trade agreement. Helen Dickinson, its chief executive said: This protects consumers on both sides of the Channel from billions in import tariffs on everyday goods. Given that four-fifths of UK food imports come from the EU, today’s announcement should afford households around the UK a collective sigh of relief. The UK and EU governments have taken a crucially important step in agreeing a zero-tariff agreement, to the benefit of customers all over Europe. They must now work to implement this new arrangement as soon as possible, ensuring there are no tariffs from day one, and finding new ways to reduce the checks and red tape that we’ll see from 1 January. The BRC and the rest of the retail industry will be scrutinising the terms of this deal in the coming days. 4.24pm GMT Nigel Farage is now speaking to Sky News.The former Brexit party leader says the deal represents progress and Britain is far better off than five years ago. He welcomes the news on defence and foreign policy and adds that he would vote for the deal if he was an MP.I would need to see the detail and would not want to be bounced into voting for it in a couple of days having not read it. What I think parliament should do is have a vote in principle and then in the new year, go through it detail. In principle, given where we are right now, given that this has been the most divisive issue in British politics for three decades, if this brings some peace and some stability, then yes in principle I would [vote for it]. Continue reading...
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