Rishi Sunak hails Britain’s ‘bright future’ after securing post-Brexit trade deal with EU

Rishi Sunak predicts 'optimistic' future following Brexit deal

The Chancellor of the Exchequer told Sky News the UK and European Union will put divisions of the past behind them after Boris Johnson confirmed an agreement had been reached with the EU on Christmas Eve. The Conservative MP added Britain can now start to rebuild from the coronavirus pandemic with the COVID-19 vaccine providing a light at the end of the tunnel. 

Mr Sunak said: “It has obviously been a difficult year and a difficult winter but people should know that the Government is continuing to work hard to protect British businesses and families through this difficult time.

“There is light at the end of the tunnel with the vaccine.

“I am confident that if we pitch in together, we will get through this as we have done through this year.

“We can look forward to a brighter future, especially now the deal with our European friends and partners is concluded.

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“That gives us a strong platform to look forward optimistically, put the divisions of the past behind us and embrace our future with confidence and optimism.

“As we hopefully get through coronavirus we can start rebuilding and create prosperity for British families up and down the country.”

On Christmas Eve it was announced that the UK and EU had struck an agreement regarding the terms of a free trade agreement.

The announcement marked the end of years of trade talks between Britain and the trading bloc. 

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The trade deal has yet to be ratified by the European or UK Parliament. 

The free trade agreement is expected to be reviewed in the House of Commons on December 30, 2020.

The deadline for the free trade agreement is December 31, 2020.

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