Boris Johnson has labelled Britain’s divorce agreement from the European Union as “the end of the UK’s 30-year struggle.”
The historic deal between the UK and the bloc was struck on Christmas Eve. The deal covers £660nm worth of trade a year.
The PM reflected “I think it has been a long intellectual odyssey for many people of this country.
The whole country has been divided by this issue, because we are European, but on the other hand we don’t necessarily want to feel that we’re committed to the ideology of the European Union”
Mr. Johnson made it clear that there is no longer a role for the European Court of Justice and that EU law no longer applied to Britain.
The Prime Minister’s words are supported by the Chancellor. Sunak said:
“I actually think this deal can represent an enormously unifying moment for our country and bring people together after the divisions of the past few years.
For those who voted to leave, this deal means that we will have the freedom that people sought, control of our laws, our borders, our trade.”
The PM emphasised that the UK intended to take full advantage of its new status as an independent nation. Johnson said: “We don’t want to diverge for the sake of diverging. We’re going to want to do things differently where that’s useful for the British people.”
Boris pointed to free ports, animal rights regulation, data and chemicals as areas where the UK would diverge from EU rules.
President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen commented on the deal: “It is fair, it is a balanced deal, and it is the right and responsible thing to do for both sides.
To all Europeans I say it is time to leave Brexit behind. Our future is made in Europe.”