Brexit deal done
Brexit deal done: Trade
agreement finally struck
between UK and EU
MPs and peers will be recalled to parliament on 30 December to ratify the treaty.
24 December, 2020
A long-awaited trade deal between the UK and the EU has been struck just days before the deadline.
Announcing the news, Boris Johnson said beating was his "number one national priority" so he wanted to "end any extra uncertainty" by giving the country "the best possible chance of bouncing back strongly" next year.
The prime minister promised the deal will allow companies "to do even more business with our European friends" while "taking back control of our laws and our destiny" - echoing a key message of the Vote Leave campaign.
On the key issue of fishing, Ms von der Leyen revealed the deal had guaranteed five-and-a-half years of "full predictability for our fishing communities".
In her final comments, Ms von der Leyen said: "Today, I only feel quiet satisfaction and, frankly speaking, relief.
Both sides had set a deadline of mid-October for reaching a trade deal, with the expectation it would then take time for the final version to be scrutinised and voted on.
David Cameron, the Conservative prime minister who called the EU referendum in 2016, said: "It's good to end a difficult year with some positive news.
Boris Johnson was boosted tonight by a tentative welcome from Eurosceptics for his hard-fought Brexit deal - as Keir Starmer admitted that Labour will back it.
The PM has lined up a crucial moment next Wednesday when he will try to push the legislation underpinning the historic agreement through all its Parliamentary stages.
And the early response from Tory MPs was positive, with one senior figure telling MailOnline they were pleased with the details so far and 'maybe it will be a happier Christmas after all'.
Nigel Farage has also signalled early support before the full 500-page text emerged, suggesting he would vote for the package 'in principle' if he were an MP.
In a move that effectively guarantees the PM victory, Sir Keir has risked the wrath of his Remain-backing benches by announcing he will order his MPs to back the deal.
Strategists fear that being seen to oppose Brexit again could wreck any hopes of winning back critical Red Wall seats at the next election.
However, there are fears that political 'landmines' could be lurking in the full text of the deal.
The fishing industry has accused him of 'sacrificing' them to EU demands, while there will be concerns that Brussels could exploit a four-year 'break clause' to extract more favourable terms further down the line.
And Nicola Sturgeon has used the pact to ramp up her independence drive, saying that Scotland wants to stay inside the EU and must be given another chance to split from the UK.