LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged parliament to back his post-Brexit deal with the European Union and open a new relationship as a “friendly neighbour” with the bloc.
Slideshow ( 4 images )Britain and the European Union were signing the deal on Wednesday and the British parliament will approve its implementation, ending over four years of negotiation and safeguarding nearly a $1 trillion of annual trade.
Earlier, against a backdrop of EU flags, top EU officials signed the treaties struck on Dec. 24 to preserve Britain’s tariff- and quota-free access to the bloc’s 450 million consumers.
“It is of the utmost importance for the European Union and the United Kingdom to look forward, in view of opening a new chapter in their relations,” the bloc said in a statement, calling for joint action on climate change and international affairs.
After both sides have signed, the deal will be in place until the end of February, pending final approval by the European Parliament to make it permanent.
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