Is ray of light a Boris blinder?
THE imminent UK-EU trade deal looks like a golden ray of sunshine out of the bleakest of skies.
Some 1,645 days since a majority voted to leave, Boris Johnson is poised to secure the agreement so many thought would prove impossible — including, at times, The Sun.
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Boris played a blinder and got a Brexit deal just when the economy needed it[/caption]
No one but the negotiators has yet perused the 2,000 pages of legal text. Hidden within there may well be a compromise we will loathe.
That said, we have always had confidence in the vigilance and determination of Boris’s negotiator Lord Frost to secure a deal to satisfy his fellow Leavers.
On the face of it, almost every crucial box appears ticked.
Free movement is over and our immigration policy is ours to set. Our payments to Brussels end. Our courts will be supreme. We are free to trade independently with the entire world.
The EU will have no meaningful hold on our economy. Disputes cannot be stitched up by the ECJ in Brussels’ favour.
Fishing was still a sticking point last night, albeit close to a conclusion. More minor wrangles were being ironed out.
All of it while also securing for Britain the first zero-tariff deal ever struck by the EU with a non-member.
REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL
The Sun has always been wary of No Deal, though we feared it might be necessary for Brexit to be properly fulfilled. We will be relieved, for our already traumatised economy and for national cohesion, if it is finally averted.
With Covid and Brexit, Boris has had a year from hell, under far greater pressure than any Prime Minister since Winston Churchill. But it looks as if he has defied his critics again.
He will still be pilloried by No Deal hardliners and Remainers. The EU will brief that he surrendered. It has to . . . it has always needed any deal to look like victory for Brussels. But if it is as we expect, then we congratulate the PM.
He secured Brexit with the promise we would “Take Back Control”. He won power with the vow to “Get Brexit Done” and land a trade deal. Against the odds he looks poised to fulfil both.
Covid casts a growing shadow.
Infections, hospitalisations and deaths climb at a terrible rate. Our new, more transmissible strain could yet be trumped by a worse one from South Africa. Millions more face Tier 4 curbs.
But there is hope. Jabs are being rolled out on a grand scale. The more plentiful Oxford vaccine is days away.
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And we are on the cusp of a massive trade deal that averts further economic disaster and a decade-long souring of relations with the EU — and sets up a potentially golden post-Covid era.
It is not the easiest year to have a Happy Christmas. But there ARE reasons to be cheerful.
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