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German MEP Manfred Weber accused Boris Johnson of “obstructionism” in negotiations, adding that the agreement was “better late than never”. He tweeted: “We are relieved to know that despite @10DowningStreet obstructionism the EU and the UK finally agreed on a future trade relationship.

“The draft agreement comes very late, but better late than never… Now Parliament can finally get to work to scrutinise the deal.

“We congratulate and honour @MichelBarnier and his team for his commitment and dedication in this historic process.

“We are about to close the never ending Brexit saga, but we aren’t there yet. The @Europarl_EN will take its time before finally approving the text.”

The deal was secured at the 11th hour on Christmas Eve, a week before the transition period ends.

In a Downing Street press conference, the Prime Minister said the agreement resolves the European question which has “bedevilled” British politics for generations.

He insisted the UK had managed to “take back control” as promised in the 2016 Brexit referendum.

Mr Johnson said: “We have taken back control of our laws and our destiny.

“We have taken back control of every jot and tittle of our regulation in a way that is complete and unfettered.

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“It is fair, it is a balanced deal, and it is the right and responsible thing to do for both sides.”

The European Commission chief said she felt “quiet satisfaction” and “relief” that a deal had been concluded.

She added: “It is time to leave Brexit behind, our future is made in Europe.”

The Christmas Eve deal is almost certain to be approved – with Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer confirming his party would vote for it.

The European Research Group of Tory MPs has has promised to convene a “star chamber” of lawyers to pore over the detail.

The agreement also has to be backed by the 27 EU members – and their diplomats will receive a Christmas Day briefing from Michel Barnier.

The European Parliament is unlikely to vote on the deal until the new year, meaning its application will have to be provisional until they give it the green light.


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