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Boris Johnson and EU Chiefs Sign UK Withdrawal Agreement Heralding Historic Brexit Moment

The President of the European Commission, the head of the European Council, and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson have signed the agreement governing the United Kingdom’s withdrawal of the European Union, one of the final steps towards Brexit at the end of January.

New Commission president Ursula von der Leyen shared photographs of herself and European Council president Charles Michel signing the document — in blue ballpoint pens, an informal touch defying the normal global convention of signing treaties with real ink pens — Friday morning, overlooked in their task by a stern Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator.

The leather-bound, 600-page document was then rushed to London by diplomatic courier where it was signed British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at Downing Street, his official residence. The Prime Minister was photographed signing the document with a fountain pen. Noting the importance of the occasion, Mr Johnson said: “This signature heralds a new chapter in our nation’s history.”

UK Officials Want Trump Trade Deal at Front of the Line After Brexit: Report

Senior officials in the British government are urging the prime minister to prioritise signing a U.S. trade deal after Brexit.

Sources told Business Insider that Department for International Trade officials would see the successful completion of a Trump trade deal before any others as a victory for Brexit Britain. DIT also reportedly wants to agree on deals with New Zealand and Australia in a similar timeframe.

The report comes during a week of similar reports that ministers are assessing the feasibility of prioritising a Trump trade deal over an EU deal, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson allegedly agreeing to a “hell for leather” approach to signing a free trade agreement with the United States.

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There are 13 comments.

  1. Seawriter Member

    Come cheer up my Lads, ’tis to glory we steer,
    To add something more to this wonderful year.

    As would be an Anglo-American trade agreement.

    • #1
    • January 24, 2020, at 1:19 PM PST
    • 11 likes
  2. James Gawron Thatcher
    James Gawron Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Seawriter (View Comment):
    As would be an Anglo-American trade agreement.

    There’s no alliance like an old alliance.

    Regards,

    Jim

    • #2
    • January 24, 2020, at 1:48 PM PST
    • 4 likes
  3. Tex929rr Coolidge

    After all the caterwauling it’s amazing in just how peacefully it’s taking place.

    • #3
    • January 24, 2020, at 2:22 PM PST
    • 7 likes
  4. She Reagan
    She Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Blast you, Jim. When I saw your post title, I was going to post a link to Heart of Oak. But you beat me to it. So, I’m regrouping . . . 

    • #4
    • January 24, 2020, at 2:23 PM PST
    • 5 likes
  5. Stad Thatcher

    A toast to Brexit!

    Now, the US needs a “Progexit” – we need to leave progressivism as an unholy force in this country . . .

    • #5
    • January 24, 2020, at 2:26 PM PST
    • 8 likes
  6. Sweezle Member

    Amazing accomplishment. A year ago it seemed to be failing.

    • #6
    • January 24, 2020, at 4:19 PM PST
    • 4 likes
  7. Hinch Member
    Hinch Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Spirits? Lifted! Well done Boris Johnson. However, all I could think of after viewing the “Heart of Oak” video was Nelson’s “chelengk”, the gaudy device on his admiral’s hat, and how the same bauble figured in Captain Jack Aubrey’s uniform. Jack’s had a clockwork mechanism to make it wave back and forth, so it was better even than Nelson’s. 

    • #7
    • January 25, 2020, at 6:22 AM PST
    • 3 likes
  8. Barfly Member

    One thing that strikes me is the two most successful Remainers, the two that were most effective at delay and nearly sidelined Brexit entirely, were both members of the Conservative party: John Bercow and Theresa May.

    There’s a lesson here for us. Once the people had spoken clearly it was still necessary for them to elect representatives who would effect their will. The scouring of the Republican party must continue.

    • #8
    • January 25, 2020, at 8:31 AM PST
    • 5 likes
  9. ToryWarWriter Thatcher

    They should just offer UK a seat at the table of USMCA

    • #9
    • January 25, 2020, at 9:44 AM PST
    • 2 likes
  10. Jon1979 Lincoln

    James Gawron: Senior officials in the British government are urging the prime minister to prioritise signing a U.S. trade deal after Brexit.

    It’s going to be interesting to see how Pelosi and the House Democrats handle this one, since the left in the U.S. has framed Brexit as a ‘conservative’ issue, even though Jeremy Corbin was in favor of it as well (albeit it much less vocally than Boris Johnson), and that Johnson’s pretty much No. 3 on the Democrats’ S-list for world leaders now, behind Trump and Netanyahu.

    Would the House Dems try to block a stand-alone trade deal between the U.S. and Britain in order to spite Trump and Johnson, and try to make the exit from the EU as painful as possible for the Brits? Given Americans’ overall feelings towards the longstanding U.S.-British alliance, it’s hard to see how that would win the Democrats any votes this November, but given their pettiness over the past three years, it’s easy to see them do it, simply because it would make them feel good.

    • #10
    • January 25, 2020, at 9:54 AM PST
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  11. Unsk Member

    Well Done, Boris. 

    A Trump Deal would be a glorious thing. 

    • #11
    • January 25, 2020, at 10:02 AM PST
    • 1 like
  12. Barfly Member

    ToryWarWriter (View Comment):

    They should just offer UK a seat at the table of USMCA

    Well, there’s that ocean in the way, but yeah – PDT is going to give Johnson a sweet deal, and one that’ll further marginalize the little pink piglets on the continent.

    • #12
    • January 25, 2020, at 10:49 AM PST
    • 1 like
  13. RushBabe49 Thatcher

    Why can I find no mention of this on any media whatsoever? Duckduckgo finds nothing more recent than December 2019.

    • #13
    • January 25, 2020, at 11:04 AM PST
    • 2 likes