Leaders of the European Union have signed the long-awaited Brexit trade deal agreed with Britain and sent the text off to London for UK PM Boris Johnson to sign, hoping for “a new chapter in relations.”
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel put their signatures to the Brexit deal text after ambassadors from the 27 nations and member states gave their written approval on Tuesday.
“It is of the utmost importance for the European Union and the United Kingdom to look forward, in view of opening a new chapter in their relations,” Brussels said in a statement, reiterating the need for joint action on climate change and international affairs.
On Wednesday, the British parliament will discuss the 1,246-page document for just five hours, before voting commences at 2:30pm.
Opening the debate on the European Union (Future Relationship) Bill in the Commons, Johnson said: “Having taken back control of our money, our borders, our laws and our waters by leaving the European Union on 31 January, we now seize this moment to forge a fantastic new relationship with our European neighbours based on free trade and friendly co-operation.”
It is expected that the bill will pass through parliament despite the opposition of the Scottish National Party who, in contrast to previous remarks, will now vote for a no-deal Brexit.
A post-Brexit trade deal was clinched by negotiators on Christmas Eve following 11 months of discussions.
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