Twenty-seven EU member states have ratified a post-Brexit trade agreement. The agreement will come into force on January 1, following the UK’s full withdrawal from the EU on December 31.
The ambassadors of EU member states to Brussels approved the trade deal on Monday, with effect from 1400 GMT (1400 GMT).
Under the agreement, the 27 member states of the European Union will be able to trade freely with the UK from the new year without any tariffs.
“The ambassadors of the organization have unanimously approved the interim implementation of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement,” said Sebastian Fischer, a spokesman for the European Union.
But the deal also needs to be ratified by the European Parliament, which is expected to approve it by the end of February. The trade agreement was reached last Thursday for Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, thus removing the last hurdle in its exit from Europe’s largest trade bloc.
On February this year, the UK has separated from the European Union after 47 years.
The separation has occurred more than three years after voting was carried out.
Both celebrations and anti-Brexit protests happened at the moment.
Candlelit vigils were carried out in Scotland to protest against the decision. Whereas supporters of Brexit deals celebrated in London’s parliament square.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised to bring the country together and “take us forward”.
Boris Johnson said in a message released to social media, “For many people, this is an astonishing moment of hope, a moment they thought would never come.
He said before UK’s departure “And there are many of course who feel a sense of anxiety and loss.
“And then, of course, there is a third group – perhaps the biggest – who had started to worry that the whole political wrangle would never come to an end.
“I understand all those feelings and our job as the government – my job – is to bring this country together now and take us forward.”
He also said, “for all its strengths and for all its admirable qualities, the EU has evolved over 50 years in a direction that no longer suits this country”.
“The most important thing to say tonight is that this is not an end but a beginning,” he said, and “a moment of real national renewal and change”.
Hundreds of Brexit supporters and leaders partied. They sang patriotic songs ad delivered cheering speeches.
Other activities included removal of union flag from European Union institutes in Brussels, cabinet meeting in Sunderland, light show and A 50p coin to mark the moment entering circulation.