Boris Johnson stands on the threshold of history today as he prepares to sign the Brexit trade deal after MPs give their seal of approval this afternoon. The hard-fought 1,200 page document has arrived in London on an RAF jet after being signed by a smiling EU commission chief Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels this morning. And the PM is set to do the honours in Downing Street this afternoon following a Commons vote, finally bringing the curtain down on four years of bitter wrangling. With Tory Eurosceptics and Labour on board, the legislation underpinning the pact should be given Royal Assent late tonight, once peers have finished their role in the process. The new arrangements will then come into force less than 24 hours afterwards, underlining the way the negotiations went to the wire. Earlier, a clearly jubilant PM delivered an upbeat message to the Commons about the country’s opportunities now the UK has ‘taken back control’. Opening the Commons debate, Mr Johnson urged an end to the ‘rancour and recrimination’ that have soured the past four years since the referendum. He said decades of tensions with the EU had been ‘resolved’ so Britain can be its closest friend,… Read full this story
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