EU reminds UK of true meaning of 'sovereignty' as Brexit deal agreed
- Credit: European Commission
A trade deal has been agreed between the European Union and the United Kingdom - six days before the end of the transition period.
The EU's Ursula von der Leyen told a press conference: “At the end of a successful negotiation’s journey I normally feel joy. But today I only feel quiet satisfaction and, frankly speaking, relief."
"We have finally found an agreement," she explained. "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."
The European Commission continued by dismissing Brexiteer talk of "sovereignty" as she reminded Britain that for the EU it means "in a time of crisis it’s about pulling each other up instead of trying to get back on your feet alone”.
She concluded her speech by saying: "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.’”
She added: “No deal in the world can change reality or gravity in today’s economy and today’s world. We are one of the giants.”
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Chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said the "clock is no longer ticking" as he spoke of a "day of relief - tinged with sadness".
MPs are expected to be recalled next Wednesday to ratify the agreement in time for the end of the transition period on 31 December.
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