Boris Johnson holds first phone call with Charles Michel as EU deal still ‘under scrutiny’

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MPs in Britain will vote on the deal in a special sitting of Parliament called for Wednesday. It is likely to pass through both Houses, with Labour ordering its MPs to vote for the “thin” treaty because the only other option is a chaotic departure without a trade deal. The European Parliament must also formally ratify the deal in the new year – although this will now apply retrospectively.

The agreement came as ministers stepped up calls for businesses and individuals to prepare for the new procedures that will apply in just four days’ time, regardless of the agreement.

Mr Michel tweeted: “Call with @BorisJohnson. Discussed the Flag of European Union Flag of United Kingdom fair and balanced agreement still under scrutiny by @EUCouncil and @Europarl_EN.

“Looking forward to cooperate on COVID, a possible Treaty on pandemics; climate ahead of COP26 and foreign policy issues as allies sharing common values.”

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