EU Council adopts Brexit deal pending parliament OK

Ursula von der Leyen

The Council of the European Union said on Tuesday it has adopted, by written procedure, the decision on the signing of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement and its provisional application as of January 1, 2021.

The decision has been made “pending the consent of the European Parliament and conclusion by the Council decision” next year.

“The agreement will now be signed by the two parties on 30 December 2020,” said the EU Council.

“European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will sign in Brussels on behalf of the European Union while Prime Minister Boris Johnson will sign in London on behalf of the United Kingdom.

“After the formal signing, the decision adopted today on the signature and provisional application and the agreement itself will be published in the Official Journal of the EU in all languages and will be provisionally applied from 1 January 2021 …

“Next year, the Council will adopt the decision on the conclusion of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement, once the European Parliament has given its consent and once all procedures necessary for the entry into force have been completed.”