Brexit news latest – Deal DONE with Boris announcement imminent after he clinched dramatic 11th hour EU agreement

Brexit news latest – Deal DONE with Boris announcement imminent after he clinched dramatic 11th hour EU agreement

December 24, 2020

BRITAIN will leave the EU with a trade deal, it was revealed today after an agreement was reached at the 11th hour,

Boris Johnson snatched the last minute deal from the jaws of defeat as covid-induced chaos at the borders gave Brits a taste of the potential damage a no-deal could have caused.

The Prime Minister will address the nation at 3pm to announce the historic deal and you can follow all the action here, live on this page, by watching the live stream above and following the live blog content below.

The agreement is expected to be the first-ever zero-tariff trade agreement with the EU and was made after Boris and European Commission Chief Ursula Von Der Leyen broke the crucial fishing deadlock yesterday.

The PM is expected to make the announcement in a press conference within the next hours

Follow our Brexit live blog for all the latest news and updates…

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    EC CHIEF SAYS HARD BREXIT WOULD HAVE HIT UK HARDER

    The EU Commission Chief Von der Leyen said in any case, a hard Brexit would have hit UK harder than EU.

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    VON DER LEYEN LIVE AT CONFERENCE

    "This agreement will write history…"

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    AN ISSUE OF SOVEREIGNTY?

    Ms von der Leyen said: "Of course, this whole debate has always been about sovereignty.

    "But we should cut through the soundbites and ask ourselves what sovereignty actually means in the 21st century.

    "It about pooling our strength and speaking together in a world full of great powers.

    "In a time of crisis, it is about pulling each other up instead of trying to get back to your feet alone."

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    VON DER LEYEN SPEAKS OF RELIEF AT CONFERENCE

    Ms von der Leyen concluded: "At the end of a successful negotiations journey, I normally feel joy.

    "But today I only feel quiet satisfaction and – frankly speaking – relief.

    "I know this is a difficult day for some.

    "To our friends in the UK, I want to say: parting is such sweet sorrow.

    "But to use a line from TS Eliot: what we call the beginning is often the end, and to make an end is to make a beginning.

    "So to all the Europeans, I say: It is time to leave Brexit behind, our future is made in Europe."

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    PORTUGUESE PM WELCOMES NEW AGREEMENT

    Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa tweeted: "We warmly welcome the agreement reached with the United Kingdom on the relationship with the EU from 1 January. UK will remain, in addition to our neighbour and ally, an important partner.

    "Our thanks to @vonderleyen, @MichelBarnier and the EU negotiating team for their hard work."

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    IRISH PM HAILS POST-BREXIT DEAL

    Irish Taoiseach has hailed the UK-EU post-Brexit deal as "very welcome".

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    MS VON DER LEYEN SAYS ITS TIME TO 'LOOK TO THE FUTURE'

    Ms von der Leyen added: "Now is the time to turn the page and look to the future."

    She said the UK "remains a trusted partner".

    She added: "We are long-standing allies. We share the same values and interests, whether it be the Cop26 summit in Glasgow, or the upcoming UK G7 and Italian G20 presidencies.

    "The EU and the UK will stand shoulder to shoulder to deliver on our common global goals."

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    EU'S BARNIER SPEAKS AT CONFERENCE

    Michel Barnier says that we have "built a new partnership".

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    CHIEF BREXIT CO-ORDINATOR OF EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT TWEETS ABOUT DEAL

    Guy Verhofstadt, who served as chief Brexit co-ordinator for the European Parliament, tweeted: "Finally a historic & unprecedented deal in the interest of all is reached. While less ambitious than we wanted, through binding arbitration it fully preserves the single market.

    "Thanks to @MichelBarnier our Union came out of these negotiations more united and stronger."

    He added: "I hope future UK politicians will build on this partnership so we can regain the close relationship we deserve. It will be a first step in the return of the UK into the European family."

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    LABOUR SPOKESMAN ABOUT DEAL

    A Labour Party spokesman said: "Since the election, the Labour Party has urged the Government and the EU to secure a trade deal because that is in the national interest.

    "We will be setting out our formal response to the deal in due course."

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    EC PRESIDENT- 'WE FINALLY FOUND AN AGREEMENT'

    European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said: "We have finally found an agreement.

    "It 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."

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    TRADE SECRETARY TWEETS ABOUT DEAL

    Trade Secretary Liz Truss tweeted: "Great that we have secured a trade deal with the EU. Congrats to @DavidGHFrost and the UK team.

    "We will have a strong trading relationship with the EU and deepen our trade with partners across the world through our independent trade policy."

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    VON DER LEYEN SPEAKS ABOUT UK LEAVING EU

    "Parting is such sweet sorrow…"

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    VON DER LEYEN CALLS BREXIT DEAL A SERIES OF 'SUCCESSFUL NEGOTIATIONS'

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    PM TWEETS ABOUT BREXIT DEAL

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    EU CHIEF SPEAKS AT CONFERENCE

    The UK and EUhave secured five and a half years of predictability for fishing.

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    VON DER LEYEN SPEAKS ABOUT DEAL

    EU rules and standards will be respected.

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    STURGEON TWEETS ABOUT DEAL ANNOUNCEMENT

    Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: "Before the spin starts, it's worth remembering that Brexit is happening against Scotland's will. And there is no deal that will ever make up for what Brexit takes away from us. It's time to chart our own future as an independent, European nation."

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    'FINALLY FOUND AN AGREEMENT' SAYS VON DER LEYEN

    Von Der Leyen called it fair and a balanced deal.

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    BREAKING – URSULA VON DER LEYEN IS NOW SPEAKING

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    DOWNING STREET SOURCE ABOUT DEAL

    The Downing Street source added: "The deal also guarantees that we are no longer in the lunar pull of the EU, we are not bound by EU rules, there is no role for the European Court of Justice and all of our key red lines about returning sovereignty have been achieved. It means that we will have full political and economic independence on January 1 2021.

    "A points-based immigration system will put us in full control of who enters the UK and free movement will end

    "We have delivered this great deal for the entire United Kingdom in record time, and under extremely challenging conditions, which protects the integrity of our internal market and Northern Ireland's place within it.

    "We have got Brexit done and we can now take full advantage of the fantastic opportunities available to us as an independent trading nation, striking trade deals with other partners around the world."

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    EU TO SPEAK SOON

    European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen and chief negotiator Michel Barnier will hold a press conference shortly, the EU said, raising expectations that a deal has been agreed.

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    DEAL DONE SAYS UK SOURCES

    A post-Brexit trade deal has been agreed with the EU, UK sources said.

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    WHY DID TALKS STALL?

    British and EU negotiators were hoping to shake on the 2,000 page accord yesterday – but progress was held up by a row about electric cars.

    The UK had wanted to allow British manufacturers to use imported Chinese batteries in electric cars shipped to the continent.

    However Brussels said this was unacceptable, as they're planning a ban on the use of all power units from abroad starting in 2027.

    EU diplomats said the Commission had "space to move" on the issue and it was very unlikely to prove a dealbreaker.

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    BREAKING

    EU Commission Chief Von der Leyen to give press conference at 15:55CET

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