Brussels FINALLY ratifies Brexit deal

The European Parliament announced on Wednesday that it has approved the Brexit deal agreed back in December and provisionally applied since the start of the year.

MEPs voted on the Trade and Co-operation Agreement yesterday and backed the deal with 660 voting in favour, 5 against and 32 abstensions.

It had been applied provisionally since January but still required formal sign-off from both the European Council and lastly the European Parliament. Britain’s legislature approved the deal back in January.

As like many events in Brussels, ratification went down to the wire after the bloc applied for an extension to the ratification process that had an initial deadline of February 28, with Britain granting an extension until April 30.

Commenting on the news, Britain’s chief Brexit negotiator Lord Frost said: “Hugely welcome the overwhelming vote by the European Parliament for our trade agreement with the EU.

“Hope we can now begin a new chapter together as Europeans, characterised by friendly cooperation between sovereign equals.”

At the plenary session in the Parliament yesterday, MEPs debated the deal with a number of representatives taking parting shots at the United Kingdom, and a handful praising the British people for daring to defy Brussels and go it alone.

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said the trade deal would be able to cope with spats between London and Brussels. “This agreement comes with real teeth with a binding dispute settlement mechanism and the possibility for unilateral remedial measures where necessary,” she said.

“And let me be very clear: we do not want to have to use these tools, but we will not hesitate to use them if necessary. They are essential to ensure full compliance with the [trade and cooperation agreement], and with the withdrawal agreement, which both were negotiated in such fine details and agreed by both sides.”

Europhile MEPs encouraged the carving up of the United Kingdom, with one Spanish MEP calling for an independent Wales and Scotland to rejoin the bloc. Whilst some long-standing Eurosceptics apologised to Britain for the lies told about its demise and praised the Brits for choosing independence, wishing them well.

The final sign-off officially closes the Brexit chapter of UK-EU relations, although The Foxhole predicts there will be many acts still to come…