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Speaking to reporters on Monday, Ulrike Demmer, deputy government spokesperson for Angela Merkel’s cabinet, said the German Chancellor would support the Brexit deal reached between the UK and the EU at the European Council . But the German spokeswoman was quick to point out the great result obtained by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his team must be attributed to the unity of the EU27.

She said: “The cabinet endorsed the German position on a conference call today and unanimously welcomed the deal.
“This good result was only possible because the 27 Member States stood united.

“Germany will support the agreement in the European Council. ”

EU ambassadors also gave provisional approval for the implementation of Britain’s post-Brexit trade deal from January 1.

A spokesman for the German EU Presidency said ambassadors unanimously accepted the “green light” the settlement reached on Christmas Eve.

The move paves the way for the deal that allows continued free trade with the EU’s single market to take effect after the current Brexit transition period expires on Thursday.

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“The EU ambassadors have unanimously approved the provisional application of the EU-UK trade and cooperation agreement as of January 1, 2021,” said the German Presidency spokesperson.

It comes as British MPs prepare to vote on the deal at a special sitting of Parliament scheduled for Wednesday.

He is likely to go through both houses, with Labor ordering its MPs to vote for the ‘thin’ treaty as the only other option is a chaotic start without a trade deal.

The European Parliament is also due to formally ratify the deal in the new year – although this will now apply in retrospect.

Ahead of the deal’s announcement on Christmas Eve, tensions mounted between French President Emmanuel Macron and EU negotiators over the fisheries deals to be included in the trade deal with the UK.

In a tone more skeptical than that used by Germany, the French president’s office said on Monday that France would also support the draft Brexit deal, but that it would be vigilant from day one on its proper implementation. artwork.

The deal came as ministers stepped up calls on businesses and individuals to prepare for the new procedures that will apply in just four days, regardless of the deal.

Cabinet Minister Michael Gove warned the time was “very short” as he acknowledged there would likely be “bumpy times” when the new arrangements take effect.

He said businesses need to be prepared for the new customs, while urging UK citizens to take out comprehensive travel insurance to cover healthcare costs and check their mobile roaming policies to avoid charges if they visit in the EU.

“I think a lot of companies are ready, especially the bigger companies, some small companies will still want to do a little more to be ready,” he told BBC Breakfast.

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“We’re there to help them and the advice we give them, along with the money we’ve invested in making sure people can be prepared for customs procedures, is designed to help.

“I’m sure there will be some bumpy times but we’re here to try to do everything we can to smooth the way. ”

Mr Gove rejected increasingly angry claims by British fishermen that Boris Johnson failed to deliver on his pledges made during the referendum campaign.

Under the agreement, 25 percent of the fishing rights of EU vessels in UK waters will be transferred to the UK fishing fleet, over a transition period of five and a half years.

“I think it is fair to say that we are in a stronger position than we were in the EU and in the Common Fisheries Policy,” Mr Gove told BBC Radio 4 Today.

“Under the common fisheries policy, we have only been able to access around 50 percent of the fish in our waters. It is true that we are currently registering a significant increase in this number, so by 2026 we will have about two-thirds of the fish in our waters. ”

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