Brexit Deal Done

Brexit Deal Done. By James Tapsfield.

Boris Johnson was boosted tonight by a tentative welcome from Eurosceptics for his hard-fought Brexit deal – as Keir Starmer admitted that Labour will back it. …

After a Brexit deal text was finalised, the next step is ratification by both sides – and there is not much time before the end of the transition period on January 1. …

Nigel Farage has also signalled early support before the full 500-page text emerged …

Earlier tonight the PM hailed a ‘jumbo Canada-style’ free trade agreement that averts a chaotic split when the transition period ends on January 1. …

Ursula von der Leyen told her own briefing in Brussels that the terms were ‘balanced’ but that the bloc had negotiated from a ‘position of strength’ because No Deal would have been worse for Britain. … Ms von der Leyen said her overriding feeling was ‘relief’ rather than ‘joy’. ‘Parting is such sweet sorrow,’ she added. …

Sir Keir said: … “Up against no deal, we accept this deal, but the consequences of it are yours.”

Achievement:

Mr Johnson tried not to sound too triumphant as he addressed the nation, but was also bullish about what had been achieved. …

‘We have taken back control of every jot and tittle of our regulation in a way that is complete and unfettered,’ he said.

“From January 1 we are outside the customs union and outside the single market.

“British laws will be made solely by the British Parliament interpreted by British judges sitting in UK courts and the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice will come to an end.’…

“There will be a giant free trade zone of which we will at once be a member and at the same time be able to do our own free trade deals as one UK. …

For the first time since 1973 we will be an independent coastal state with full control of our waters with the UK’s share of fish in our waters rising substantially from roughly half today to closer to two thirds in five-and-a-half years time after which there is no theoretical limits beyond those placed by science or conservation on the quantity of our own fish that we can fish in our waters.

Directly addressing EU nations, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that the UK will be ‘your friend, your ally, your supporter’ and ‘your number one market’. … Because although we have left the EU, this country will remain, culturally, emotionally, historically, strategically, geologically attached to Europe.

Take that, globalist elites!