Post Brexit Address on Historic UK-EU Free Trade Deal
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four and a half years since the
British people voted to take back control of
their money, their borders, their laws, and their waters, and to
European Union. And
earlier this year we fulfilled that promise in that we left on January the 31st with that
that time we've been getting on with our agenda: enacting
points-based immigration system that you voted for and that will come into
force on January the 1st;
doing free trade deals with 58 countries around the world; and
preparing the new relationship with the EU.
there have been plenty of people who have told us that the challenges of the
COVID pandemic have made this work impossible, and that
we should extend the transition period and
incur yet more delay.
rejected that approach precisely because beating COVID is our number one
national priority, and I wanted to end any extra uncertainty and to give this
country the best possible chance of bouncing back strongly next year.
And so I
am very pleased to tell you this afternoon that we have completed the biggest trade
deal yet, worth 660 billion pounds a year, a comprehensive, Canada-style free
trade deal between the UK and the EU; a deal that will protect jobs across this
country; a deal that will allow goods -- UK goods and components to be sold without tariffs and
without quotas in the EU market; a deal which will, if anything, allow our companies and our exporters to do even
more business with our European friends1
-- and yet which achieves something that the people of this country
instinctively knew was doable, but which they were told was impossible: We've
taken back control of laws and our destiny.
taken back control of every jot and tittle of our regulation in a way
that is complete and unfettered. From January
1st, we are outside the customs union and outside the single market. British
laws will be made solely by the British Parliament, interpreted by UK judges sitting in UK courts,
jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice will come to an end.
be able to set our own standards, to innovate in the way that we want, to
originate new frameworks for the sectors in which this country leads the world
from biosciences to financial services, artificial intelligence. and beyond.
be able to decide how and where we're going to stimulate new jobs and new hope,
with freeports, new green industrial zones.
be able to cherish our landscape and our environment in the way we choose, backing
our farmers, backing British food and agricultural production.
the first time since 1973 we will be an independent coastal state with full
control of our waters -- with the UKís share of fish in our waters rising
substantially from roughly half today to closer to two-thirds in five and a half years'
time, after which there is no theoretical limit beyond those placed by science or
conservation on the quantity of our own fish that we can fish in our waters. And to
get ready for those -- for that moment those fishing communities we will be helped with a big
hundred million pound program to modernize their fleets and the fish processing industry.
want to stress that although of course the -- the arguments with our European friends
and partners were -- were sometimes fierce, this -- this is, I believe, a good deal for the whole
of -- of Europe and for...our friends and partners as well.
it will not be a bad thing, in my view, for the EU to have a prosperous and dynamic and
contented UK on your doorstep.
will be a good thing. It will -- It will drive jobs and prosperity across the whole
donít think it will be a bad thing if we in the UK do things differently, or a
take a different approach to legislation, because
in so many ways our basic goals are the same. And in
the context of this giant free trade zone that weíre jointly creating, the
stimulus of regulatory competition will, I think, benefit us both.
one side believes it's somehow being unfairly undercut by the other, then
subject to independent third party arbitration and provided the measures are
proportionate, we can -- either of us -- decide, as sovereign equals, to protect our
consumers or businesses. But this
treaty explicitly envisages that such action should only happen infrequently and
the concepts of uniformity and harmonization are banished in favor of mutual
respect and mutual recognition and free trade.
Ursula von der Leyen's Remarks on the EU-UK Free Trade
-- for squaring that circle, for finding the -- the
philosopherís stone thatís enabled us to
-- to do this, I want to thank
President von der Leyen,
Ursula von der
Leyen of the European Commission; our brilliant negotiators led by
Lord Frost and
Michel Barnier; on the EU side
Stephanie Rousseau as well as
Lindsay Appleby, many
work will be available for scrutiny, followed by a parliamentary vote I hope on
December the 30th.
agreement, this deal above all means certainty:
certainty for the aviation industry and the
hauliers who have suffered so much
in the COVID pandemic.
certainty for the police. the border forces, the security services -- all
those that we rely on across Europe to keep us all safe.
certainty for our scientists who will be able to work together -- continue to
work together on
great collective projects, because
although we want in the UK to be a science superpower, we also want to be a -- a
collaborative science superpower.
above all it means certainty for business -- from financial services to our
world-leading manufacturers, our -- our car industry, certainty for all those
who are working in
high skilled jobs and in firms and factories across the whole -- the whole country,
there will be
no palisade of tariffs on January the 1st. And
there will be no non-tariff barriers to -- to trade. Instead there will be a giant free trade zone of which we will at once be a
member, and at
the same time be able to do our own free trade deals as one UK, whole and
entire -- England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales together.
should stress this deal was done by a huge negotiating team from every part of
the UK, and it will benefit every part of our United Kingdom, helping to unite
and level up across the country.
And so I
say again directly to our EU friends and partners, I think this deal means a new
stability and a new certainty in what has sometimes been a fractious and
difficult relationship. We will
be your friend, your ally, your supporter, and indeed -- never let it be forgotten
-- your number one market -- because
although we have left the EU this country will remain culturally, emotionally,
historically, strategically, geologically attached to Europe, not least
of course through the four million EU nationals who have requested to settle in the UK
over the last four years and who make an enormous contribution to our -- our country
and to our lives.
say to all of you at home, at the
end of this toughest of years, that our
focus in the weeks ahead is of course on defeating the -- the pandemic, and on
beating coronavirus and rebuilding our economy and
delivering jobs across the country. And I'm
utterly confident that we can and will do it.
-- we've vaccinated almost 800,000 people. And we've also today resolved a
question that has bedeviled our politics for decades and it
is up to us all together, as a
newly and truly independent nation, to realize the immensity of this moment and to make the most of it.
Christmas to you all.
the good news from Brussels -- now for the sprouts.
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Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing Street and The Rt Hon Boris Johnson
MP at: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/prime-ministers-statement-on-eu-negotiations-24-december-2020
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