Britain and the European Union today struck a Brexit deal that will define the country’s relationship with our closest neighbours and largest trading partner for decades to come.
After 24 hours of last-minute haggling over fishing quotas, Boris Johnson tweeted a picture of himself smiling with both thumbs lifted in the air. “The dealis done,” he wrote.
The European commission president Ursula von der Leyen described the negotiations as a “long and winding road” but said the final deal was “fair and balanced”.
She added: “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 … Read the rest...