Gove says Britain, EU to enjoy 'special relationship' with historic trade deal

Gove says Britain, EU to enjoy 'special relationship' with historic trade deal

Senior Conservative backbencher Sir Bill said "sovereignty is the key issue" as his team analysed the small print of the deal.

The prime minister has vowed to focus on "levelling up the country" and "spreading opportunity", after securing the post-Brexit trade deal this week.

"The UK will once more be a sovereign coastal state".

But Barrie Deas, chief executive of the National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations, said there will be "frustration and anger" across the industry, telling the PA news agency: "In the end it was clear that Boris Johnson wanted an overall trade deal and was willing to sacrifice fishing".

He is, however, reluctant to draw a historical comparison when asked how significant the trade deal he has spent the past 11 months negotiating is for Britain's future, but says he hopes it marks "an important turning point in Britain's relations with Europe".

Ahead of the deal's publication, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon warned that it "spells short-term disruptions and long-term barriers".

Starmer criticized the deal as not providing adequate protections for jobs, manufacturing, financial services, or workplace rights and "not the deal the government promised".

There will then be a five-and-a-half year transition period for the fishing industry.

Members of the ERG group were analysing the document and assembled a panel of lawyers led by eurosceptic MP Bill Cash to review the deal.

They are set to reconvene again Monday and have informed lawmakers at the European Parliament that they intend to make a decision on the preliminary application of the deal within days.

The deal agreed on Christmas Eve will also be put to a vote in the House of Commons on 30 December.

All member states are expected to back the agreement, as is the European Parliament, which can give its consent only retrospectively, as it can't reconvene until 2021.

But Mr Johnson is keen to retain the support of the Eurosceptics on his benches who helped him reach No 10. "It's time to chart our own future as an independent, European nation".

He added that "I know the devil is in the detail" but the deal will survive "ruthless" scrutiny from the "star chamber legal eagles".

Nevertheless, the final package is "a source of relief rather than celebration", it added, with new restrictions including an end to free movement into the United Kingdom for European workers and into the EU for Britons.

"We've taken back control of our laws and our destiny", Johnson said of the deal. Johnson expects the deal can facilitate British companies to do "even more business with European friends".

A colleague wears a Christmas hat as European Union chief negotiator Michel Barnier (center) carries a binder of the Brexit trade deal during a special meeting Friday at the European Council building in Brussels.

Speaking to reporters on Saturday, Lord Frost said: "There's no more role for the European Court of Justice, there's no direct effects of EU law, there's no alignment of any kind, and we're out of the single market and out of the customs union just as the manifesto said we would".

Nevertheless, a number of things will change from January and companies will have to adjust, he said.

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