EU’s Barnier says Brexit deal a relief, “clock no longer ticking”

Brexit negotiations in Brussels
European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier gives a statement on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations next to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, in Brussels, Belgium December 24, 2020. Francisco Seco/Pool via REUTERS

December 24, 2020

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said on Thursday that the trade deal agreed with Britain was a relief because it was clinched just a week before the end-year deadline.

“The clock is no longer ticking,” he told a news conference. “Today is a day of relief. But tainted by some sadness, as we compare what came before with what lies ahead.”

(Reporting by John Chalmers and Kate Abnett)