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Brexit is done, but it’s not yet dusted

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New dawn: the sun rises over Warrenpoint harbour in the north and Carlingford in the south of Ireland

New dawn: the sun rises over Warrenpoint harbour in the north and Carlingford in the south of Ireland

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New dawn: the sun rises over Warrenpoint harbour in the north and Carlingford in the south of Ireland

The good news is that, formally, Brexit is done. The transition is over and relations between the UK and the EU are now on a continuing and agreed basis.

Reaching agreement with the European Union was a major achievement for both Boris Johnson, on behalf of the UK Government, and the EU's Ursula von der Leyen.

In terms of diplomatic achievements, they both deserve congratulations because they have agreed a deal that (with marginal exceptions) meets the ambitions they gave to their negotiators.


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