UK PM Johnson says trade deal is new starting point for EU relationship

British PM Johnson holds news conference on Brexit trade deal in London
FILE PHOTO: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds a news conference in Downing Street on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations, in London, Britain December 24, 2020. Paul Grover /Pool via REUTERS

December 28, 2020

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson welcomed Britain’s trade deal with the European Union as a new starting point for relations with the bloc in a call with the President of the European Council Charles Michel on Monday.

“Just spoken with @eucopresident Charles Michel. I welcomed the importance of the UK/EU Agreement as a new starting point for our relationship, between sovereign equals,” Johnson said on Twitter.

“We looked forward to the formal ratification of the agreement and to working together on shared priorities, such as tackling climate change.”

(Reporting by Alistair Smout; Editing by Hugh Lawson)