The British Queen Elizabeth has signed the trade agreement with the European Union. She did so after both the House of Lords and the House of Commons had agreed to the deal. Now the British can leave the European internal market on January 1, as agreed.
Voted earlier in the day the House of Commons by a large majority in the deal struck on Christmas Eve. The House of Lords followed late in the evening. Parliament had been recalled from Christmas recess for the sessions.
The agreement was concluded on Thursday last week, after long negotiations. There are, among others appointments about fishing and a level playing field for companies from the UK and the EU.
Last Monday the EU member states already agreed to the deal. The only approval now needed is that of the European Parliament. That will probably take another month, but until then there is a provisional arrangement in which no trade tariffs apply.