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Brexit deal – live: Boris Johnson accused of ‘bottling it’ over fishing rights, as full trade deal text published

Boris Johnson accused of ‘mis-selling’ Brexit deal

The post-Brexit trade deal signed between the EU and UK is coming under scrutiny from pro-European and Eurosceptic groups keen to learn what the agreement will mean for both sides after a draft was published on Boxing Day.

Boris Johnson has said the “the devil is in the detail” but insisted it would stand up to inspection from the European Research Group (ERG) of Brexiteers, who will assemble a panel of lawyers to examine the 1,246-page text.

The prime minister was accused of “bottling it” over fishing rights, with the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisation’s (NFFO) saying the deal only secured “a fraction of what the UK has a right to under international law”.

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Businesses ‘prepared as they can be’ for post-Brexit trade

The head of a major business group said companies were relieved after the Brexit deal was agreed but will have to wait to see the real impact of the UK’s departure from the European Union.

Jace Tyrrell, chief executive of retail and leisure group New West End Company, said UK businesses were as “prepared as they can be” because “we’ve known for four years this day was going to come”, but “the decision to take us out of tax-free shopping” will have a bigger long-term impact on UK business than coronavirus or Brexit.

 “What is important is the no-deal scenario is off the table, and of course the devil’s in the detail.

“I think for us, there’s some questions around financial services and what that means for the London economy particularly…”

Liam James26 December 2020 18:32
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Former national security adviser issues warning over Brexit deal

The post-Brexit trade deal signed between the EU and UK is coming under scrutiny from pro-European and Eurosceptic groups keen to learn what the agreement will mean for both sides after a draft was published on Boxing Day, our deputy political editor Rob Merrick reports.

Boris Johnson has said the “the devil is in the detail” but insisted it would stand up to inspection from the European Research Group (ERG) of Brexiteers, who will assemble a panel of lawyers to examine the 1,246-page text.

Read the full story here:

Liam James26 December 2020 18:03
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Brexit deal details

No unicorns so far, but Simon Calder, our travel correspondent, has come across some interesting rules on reindeer in some of the Scandinavian EU countries.

Read more from Simon Calder’s Brexit deal travel highlights on his twitter page.

Liam James26 December 2020 17:36
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Replacement for Erasmus scheme to begin next September, but with less funding

A replacement for the Erasmus study exchange scheme will begin next September, the government says, amid an outcry over the “short-sighted and mean-spirited” decision to pull out of it.

Tom Batchelor26 December 2020 17:15
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Businesses to feel Brexit impact in years to come, says retail group

“Until we start navigating through the next month, and the years ahead, we won’t see the real impact probably for years to come, but at least now there is a deal and we can hopefully have more frictionless trade coming through.

“I think for us, there’s some questions around financial services and what that means for the London economy particularly.

“Hopefully the government now can really turn on Covid, and continue with some of this compensation and get these viable businesses through the winter and then we can start our great recovery in 2021.”

Tom Batchelor26 December 2020 16:59
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Covid-19 learns from experience – unlike Boris Johnson and his crew | Opinion

Fear is at a high point in Britain at the moment and with very good reason, writes Patrick Cockburn

There is much to be frightened of as it turns out that Covid-19 has been quicker to learn from experience than bumbling Boris Johnson and his third-eleven team during a calamitous year in which they have zig-zagged between panic and complacency.

Tom Batchelor26 December 2020 16:45
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Behind the scenes No 10 photos

The No 10 comms unit has released photos of Boris Johnson in his office in Downing Street waiting for a response from the president of the European Commission amid speculation a Brexit deal was imminent on 23 December.

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Tom Batchelor26 December 2020 16:30
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This Brexit deal does not bring real sovereignty | Opinion

Instead of funding the NHS and increasing its capacity, we bought portable toilets for the M20 in preparation for a no-deal Brexit that never happened. Which do you think would have been more helpful in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic?

Tom Batchelor26 December 2020 16:15
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Johnson ‘sold out Scottish fishing’

The Scottish first minister has accused the government of “selling out” Scottish fishing with the Brexit deal.

Writing on Twitter, Nicola Sturgeon said: “The fact that many predicted it, doesn’t make it any less galling.

“The Tories have sold out Scottish fishing all over again.

“Promises they knew couldn’t be delivered, duly broken.”

Tom Batchelor26 December 2020 15:59
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Details of Erasmus replacement unveiled

The government has announced details of the post-Brexit replacement of the Erasmus exchange programme for UK students, costing more than £100m.

The Department for Education said the Turing scheme will provide funding for around 35,000 students to go on placements and exchanges globally from September.

The education secretary, Gavin Williamson, said: “We now have the chance to expand opportunities to study abroad and see more students from all backgrounds benefit from the experience.

“We have designed a truly international scheme which is focused on our priorities, delivers real value for money and forms an important part of our promise to level up the United Kingdom.”

Tom Batchelor26 December 2020 15:40