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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has defiantly declared "the deal is done," after the country secured a historic post-Brexit trade agreement with just days to spare.
The post-Brexit trade deal was agreed by negotiators from the UK and the European Union after months of talks and frantic last-minute wrangling.
The deal was secured on Christmas Eve, a week before current trading arrangements expire.
Following the announcement, Boris Johnson posted a photo of himself on Twitter raising both thumbs and cheering alongside the caption: "The deal is done."
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen were in close contact over recent days to help get the deal over the line.
But negotiations led by the EU's Michel Barnier and the UK's Lord Frost continued throughout the day as final details were hammered out.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab tweeted: "PM secured a deal with EU that takes back control over our laws, borders, money, fish & trade.
"We have a zero-tariff, zero-quota deal with EU & friendly co-operation will continue.
"Time to unite, put Brexit divisions behind us & look to 2021 as a springboard for Global Britain."
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The news has also been welcomed by former Conservative Party Prime Ministers David Cameron and Theresa May.
Mr Cameron, who called the referendum on leaving the European Union, tweeted: "It's good to end a difficult year with some positive news.
"Trade deal is very welcome – and a vital step in building a new relationship with the EU as friends, neighbours and partners.
"Many congratulations to the UK negotiating team," he added.
While Theresa May tweeted: "Very welcome news that the UK & EU have reached agreement on the terms of a deal – one that provides confidence to business and helps keep trade flowing.
"Looking forward to seeing the detail in the coming days."
Britain's opposition Labour Party said on Thursday it would respond in full to the announcement the deal "in due course", but that it had long argued a deal was in the national interest.
"Since the election, the Labour Party has urged the government and the EU to secure a trade deal because that is in the national interest," a Labour spokesman said in a statement.
"We will be setting out our formal response to the deal in due course.''
- Boris Johnson
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