UK PM Boris Johnson Signs Brexit Withdrawal Deal, Hails It As 'fantastic Moment'

UK News

Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday signed the historic withdrawal agreement for the United Kingdom to leave European Union on midnight of January 31, 2020.

Written By Vishal Tiwari | Mumbai | Updated On:

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday signed the historic withdrawal agreement for the United Kingdom to leave European Union on January 31. According to media reports, the Prime Minister hailed the signing of the agreement as 'fantastic moment' and said that he hoped it would end the years of division and arguments. The document was first signed by the European Union officials Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen, which was then brought to London by a train from Brussels. 

Read: 'I Believe I Can Fly': Prince Harry, Boris Johnson's Image Becomes New Internet Sensation

Historic signing 

Media reports suggest that Boris Johnson used the Parker fountain pen to sign the agreement, as is a tradition for all ceremonial signings at 10 Downing Street. Prime Minister's chief negotiator David Frost was present at the ceremony, while EU and other Foreign Office officials were also present. According to the international press, it was witnessed that European Union officials were sombre while signing the document in contrast to Boris Johnson, who was looking more enthusiastic than ever. 

Read: Queen Elizabeth II Approves UK PM Boris Johnson's Brexit Bill

In Brussels, European Council's president Charles Michel and the European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen signed the agreement in presence of the bloc’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier. The document was sent across the channel via a Eurostar train and after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson signed the agreement, the original copy of it was brought back to the Brussels and reportedly, it will be kept in the archive along with other historic international agreements. 

Read: UK PM Boris Johnson Doesn't Know What Shampoo He Uses, Netizens End Up Pulling Their Hair

According to few media reports, the historic document runs nearly 600 pages that include citizens' rights, United Kingdom's £33 billion financial obligations to the bloc and arrangements established for maintaining an open border on the island of Ireland, which comes under the Northern Ireland protocol. The historic agreement received royal assent from the Queen on Thursday and under the agreement the United Kingdom will leave the EU on the midnight of January 31. After leaving the EU officially, the transition period will begin and Prime Minister Boris Johnson will have to negotiate a deal with the bloc before it ends in late 2020. 

Read: Boris Johnson Hails 'new Chapter' As He Signs EU Divorce Treaty

By 2030, 40% Indians will not have access to drinking water