MacManus confident Brexit deal will protect Good Friday agreement

Negotiations on finalising a Brexit trade deal have been completed, with European European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen describing the agreement as fair, balanced and right.


British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the deal agreed with Brussels will enable the UK to “take back control” as promised in the 2016 referendum.


Mr Johnson said: “We have taken back control of our laws and our destiny. We have taken back control of every jot and tittle of our regulation in a way that is complete and unfettered.”


The final 2,000-page agreement was held up by late wrangling over fishing as both sides haggled over the access EU fisherman will get to Britain’s waters after the end of the year.


EU member states are expected to take two or three days to analyse the agreement and decide whether to approve its provisional implementation.


The UK parliament will also have to interrupt its end of year holidays to vote on the deal before the 31 December cut-off when Britain will leave the bloc’s single market and customs union.


Midlands North West MEP Chris MacManus says the deal hopefully minimise disruption when it comes to trade between Ireland and Britian and that the deal should also protect the Good Friday agreement.