Brexit deal done: Trade agreement finally struck between UK and

A long-awaited trade deal between the UK and the EU has been struck just days before the deadline.

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The treaty will apply from 1 January 2021 and take over from the existing arrangements under the transition period, which has seen the UK continue to follow most EU rules since Brexit day to limit disruption to travel and business.

Announcing the news, Boris Johnson said beating coronavirus was his “number one national priority” and that he wanted to “end any extra uncertainty” by giving the country “the best possible chance of bouncing back strongly”.

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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”.