The political leaders of the European Union have agreed in their messages of relief and congratulations After the agreement announced on Thursday on future relations with the United Kingdom, confident that it provides certainty and will allow the two parties to continue advancing.
The Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, has ensured that on January 1 begins “a new chapter” in relations. “The United Kingdom will continue to be an important ally for Germany and for the EU,” Merkel promised, speaking of a pact that she considers “of historical importance”, according to the DPA agency.
The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, which has appealed on Twitter to “European unity and firmness” has predicted that the agreement will allow “protecting” “citizens, fishermen and producers.” “We will make sure this is the case,” he said.
From now on, according to Macron, “Europe is moving forward and can look to the future united, sovereign and strong.”
To the Prime Minister of Ireland, Micheál MartinThis is “a good agreement”, with a “balanced result”, although it has affected that his country cannot in any case speak of “a good Brexit”. “We have worked to minimize the negative consequences,” he said in a statement.
Thus, he considers that the text now on the table “is the least bad version of Brexit that could be achieved, given the circumstances.” In relation to Northern Ireland, he pointed out that there will be no “hard border” with Ireland and trade will continue to flow at the border.
The Prime Minister of Italy, Giuseppe Conte, has also celebrated the “good news”, insofar as it has pointed out that “the interests and rights of European companies and citizens are guaranteed”. The UK, he added, “will be a central ally for the EU and Italy.”
For the head of the Dutch Government, Mark Rutte, Thursday’s announcement is “excellent news” that comes after “tough negotiations.” “It is of enormous importance to all of us,” the Dutch president stressed in his first reaction.
For his part, the Prime Minister of Austria, Sebastian Kurz, has applauded the news and agreed with Rutte in thanking the work of the European negotiators for their “tireless” efforts, personifying this gratitude in Michel Barnier and in the president of the European Commission, Ursula Von der Leyen.
Also the Prime Minister of Portugal, António Costa, has had good words for the negotiators for their “hard work” during all this time, thanks to which the long-awaited agreement has been reached. Costa stressed that “the United Kingdom will continue to be, in addition to our neighbor and ally, an important partner”.
On the Spanish side, the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, has also given “congratulations” to Barnier and Von der Leyen and has considered “the principle of agreement welcome”, although he has pointed out that Spain and the United Kingdom must still continue speaking in relation to Gibraltar.
The agreement is about 500 pages and several of the leaders – among them Sánchez – have admitted in their first reactions that they will have to study it in detail during the next few days. In accordance with the deadlines agreed after Brexit, the current transition phase concludes within a week, on December 31.
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