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Christmas Eve – We have a last minute trade deal!

The devil will be in the detail of course, but the prospect of the UK crashing out of the EU without a trade deal on WTO terms looks to have receded

Parliament will be recalled before New Year to vote on the proposed plan, but The UK government says

“We have taken back control of our money, borders, laws, trade and our fishing waters”

The Scottish and Welsh devolved Governments don’t seem to like it, but in Northern Ireland Arlene Foster appears happy

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen says it is a

“good, fair and balanced deal”

EU chief negotiator, Michel Barnier says

“Today is a day of relief, but tinged by some sadness,”

The UK left the EU at the end of January, but remains under its trading rules until 31 December and the two sides have one week to get any deal formally approved in London and Brussels.

Its going to. be an interesting last week to 2020 on the Brexit front….

Martin Gibbs is Dafferns Managing Partner. He still likes talking about BREXIT and hasn’t stopped even though its Christmas! Any views in this post are his own.