Johnson hails Britain EU trade deal as new starting point

Prime Minister Boris Johnson welcomed Britain’s trade deal with the European Union as a new starting point for relations with the bloc in a call with the President of the European Council Charles Michel on Monday.

Meanwhile, the member-state envoys formally endorsed the deal in Brussels. “EU ambassadors have unanimously approved the provisional application of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement,” Sebastian Fischer, the spokesman for the current German presidency of the EU, tweeted.

“Next step: Final adoption by use of written procedure. Deadline: Tomorrow, 15.00 hours.”

The treaty has now been given the “green light,” the spokesman said, and the ambassadors’ approval allows tariff-free trade with the UK to continue after it leaves the EU single market at the beginning of next year, limiting potential disruptions to cross-channel trade.