Boris Johnson signs Brexit trade deal with EU
On Christmas Eve, Boris Johnson signed a post-Brexit trade deal with the EU after several months of tense negotiations that often left the prospect of a cutting edge deal. On Wednesday evening, the Prime Minister’s Brexit trade deal with the EU became law after receiving Royal Assent following his successful stint in the House of Commons and the House of Lords earlier today. The new trade deal goes into effect at 11 p.m. Thursday evening, replacing the Brexit transition period that has been in place for almost a year.
The French government and in particular President Macron have sharply criticized Brexit, often threatening to reject the deals if the conditions do not meet their red lines.
Now the coined phrase “Frexit” – created in an attempt to force France’s own exit from the EU – is gaining momentum on Twitter in the country.
On Wednesday Mr Johnson tweeted a photo of himself signing the trade deal with the EU, along with the message: ‘By signing this deal we are fulfilling the sovereign wish of the British people to live by their own laws, formulated by their own Elected parliament.
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The group wrote: “The sovereign wish of a people to live by their own laws: the UK is renewing this fundamental right which the European Union has taken away from it for too long.
“May France be next and #TakeBackControl too, leaving this harmful, crippling and ruinous EU. ”
Charles-Henri Gallois, president of Generation Frexit and author of the book “The economic illusions of the EU”, retweeted the same photo of Mr Johnson on Wednesday, writing: “It’s done and effective tomorrow at midnight!
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“They’re taking back control! #Brexit #TakeBackControl. ”
Earlier today, Gallois stepped up his calls for Frexit, tweeting: “If France is a democratic country, we must also give a voice to citizens on our EU membership.
“A fortiori when we know that the conditions of membership have changed a lot since the vote on the Maastricht Treaty! ”
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The site adds that the “EU recovery plan” for the coronavirus pandemic “will bind France until 2058 and will cost us dearly: 40 billion euros net.
“It is much more than if we had taken out this loan directly by ourselves.
“Moreover, we will not have the free use of this money!” The European Commission will decide. ”
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“It has already cost us hundreds of billions of euros. However, the situation in France has continued to deteriorate. With covid-19, we are now in full collapse.
“The time has therefore come to take stock of the European Union.
“We must vote by referendum on our membership of the European Union: respect for democracy and the future of the French requires it”.
He wrote: “To get a good deal you had to be prepared for a no-deal exit.
“@BorisJohnson did it as soon as he arrived at 10 Downing Street.
“After a #Frexit victory in a referendum, we will have to prepare for a no-deal exit!
“This will allow us to get out a lot faster than our British friends who lost time with Theresa May. ”