Boris Johnson: Brexit deal is â€˜glad tidings of great joyâ€™
Mr Johnson warned he would not sign any deal which allowed the EU to put trade tariffs on British produce while also fishing the UK’s waters. A Government source said Mr Johnson was “ready to walk” – pulling the plug on 11 months of talks and setting the scene for a chaotic no deal exit. But Mr Johnson, the insider said, “stared them down” and the EU team, led by Ursula von der Leyen, finally relented.
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It helped pave the way for a Brexit deal, secured at the last minute – in part due to Mr Johnson’s brinkmanship and nerve.
The source told the Sun: “The PM was ready to walk at that point.
â€œWe were writing a script trying to explain to the world we had blown up a Â£660billion deal over less than a billion quid of fish.â€
Late on Tuesday, the EU stepped back from their previous position of asking for a long transition period for their fishing rights in the UK’s waters.
How Boris Johnson negotiated the Brexit deal
Boris Johnson and Ursula von der Leyen
A Government insider said: â€œIt meant we could take back control of our waters as we promised at the 2016 referendum.
“The PM stared them down and it worked.â€
The Prime Minister later said the deal delivered â€œglad tidings of great joyâ€ for the UK.
Addressing the nation on Christmas Day Mr Johnson said: â€œI have a small present for anyone who may be looking for something to read in that sleepy post-Christmas lunch moment.â€
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The EU and the UK has conducted a trade agreement
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He then showed the 1,260-page Brexit agreement.
The discussions over fishing rights were very tense right up to the last minute.
Mr Johnson wanted the EU to back down on its demands over fishing rights.
Ms Von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, said she would agree to a â€œsix-yearâ€ transition period for EU boats to fish in British waters.
There was a fear of huge queues at the Port of Dover
However, Mr Johnson hit back and said â€œfiveâ€.
He then heard nothing for almost three minutes.
The insider claimed the Downing Street switchboard then said: “Iâ€™m sorry Prime Minister, we seem to have lost the European Commission.â€
But Ms Von der Leyen finally replied: â€œNo, no, Iâ€™m still here.
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This was when Mr Johnson said he knew Britain controlled “our destinyâ€.
Last night Government ministers were suspicious over the exact wording of the deal document.
Figures from the UK’s fishing industry have already claimed Mr Johnson is â€œsacrificingâ€ them.
In his televised address to the nation, Mr Johnson said the deal brings â€œcertainty to business, travellers and all the investors in our country”.
He added: “It is a happy, successful, and stable partnership with our friends in the EU for years to come.â€