Boris Johnson Brexit statement in FULL – 'Good deal for whole of Europe'

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson took to Downing Street this afternoon to announce the news a Brexit deal has been made between Britain and the Bloc. Boris Johnson hailed striking what he called “the biggest trade deal yet” with the European Union on Thursday, saying Britain had finally taken back control of its laws, borders and fishing waters. The Prime Minister said: “I’m very pleased to tell you this afternoon we have completed the biggest trade deal yet, worth £660billion a year, a comprehensive Canada-style free trade deal between the UK and the EU.”

Mr Johnson said the agreement reached with the EU was “a good deal for the whole of Europe”, while European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen reiterated the same thing in a Brussels press conference. 

The Prime Minister said the UK will have full control of its waters for the first time since entering the Union in 1973. 

He said Britain “will be an independent coastal state with full control of our waters”, before adding the UK’s share of fish in its waters rising “substantially from roughly half today to closer to two-thirds in five-and-a-half years’ time”. 

The deal comes as good news to both sides as it spells an end to the four-year-long negotiation process which has proved very difficult at times. 

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