"We have only one day before the end of the transition period, and it's the only deal that we have", Labor leader Keir Starmer said.
Legally, Britain left the European Union on January 31 but has been in a standstill transition period during fractious talks to secure a free-trade agreement with Brussels, which was finally clinched on Christmas Eve.
With this apparently unsuccessful, more than 200,000 people signed a petition to allow artists to travel across Europe without a visa. One can not tell the British people: you are not Europeans.
González Laya said the agreement's technical details, such as how Gibraltar's port and airport will be policed, will be published in the new year. Also, the Schrems II ruling of the EU Court of Justice (more information here), and the requirement to perform a data transfer risk assessment (including an assessment of the adequacy of the use of EU standard contractual clauses for worldwide data transfers), will in principle fully apply to the United Kingdom after Brexit.
European Union citizens will no longer have the conditional right to move to the United Kingdom to work and settle, and vice versa.
The EU-UK trade and cooperation agreement was signed this morning (Wednesday, December 30) in Brussels on behalf of the EU.
"Without mutual equivalence, some firms, in particular the branches of European Union firms in London, will be caught by a conflict of law between the European Union and UK DTOs", the announcement pointed out.
The British government insisted that "the border systems and infrastructure we need are in place, and we are ready for the UK's new start".
A parliamentary debate on Wednesday to ratify the trade deal was marked by elegiac farewells from pro-EU lawmakers, and warnings of disruption as Britain dismantles the intricate network of ties built since it joined the EU's forerunner in 1973.
However, he continued, a speech by former European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker that he likened to a "Federal Express" due to his call for an increasingly federal Europe changed his mind.
He hailed the key workers who kept the country running as well as the scientists who created treatments for coronavirus and the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine which has been approved for use from next week.
"I think we will see queues of different types and as people suddenly realize, "Oh, wait a minute, what does that mean for me?' And then so the next three to six months will be people going 'Oh, I didn't know that".
"But as the sun rises tomorrow on 2021 we have the certainty of those vaccines".
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