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    11:05 p.m. : It’s 11pm, let’s review the main titles before turning off the light:

    • Until the end of the suspense. London and Brussels have finalized the post-Brexit trade deal they had been negotiating for ten months. “We have taken back control of our destiny”, welcomes Boris Johnson. Here is what we know about the content of the text.

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    • With this text of 2000 pages, “both parties are winners”, analysis with franceinfo Elvire Fabry, researcher at the Jacques Delors Institute. According to her, “this agreement provides a framework for future cooperation, which is very important”.

    • Public Health France announces that it has recorded 21,634 new cases of Covid-19 contamination in 24 hours. The health agency specifies that “lhe number of confirmed cases communicated today includes the catch-up of data from the day before which could not be integrated “.

    • PSG have announced that they are separating from their coach Thomas Tuchel. “With the record and what he did at PSG, surely deserved a better fate than to learn that on Christmas Eve”, is surprised to franceinfo Jean-Michel Moutier, former sports director of Paris Saint-Germain. Luis Fernandez, former PSG coach, is also surprised: “Really, I didn’t expect this dismissal.

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    22:39 : According to the Ministry for the Sea, this support plan also plans to compensate for a limited period of part of the turnover losses of companies dependent on British waters. Several medium and long term measures are also announced:

    • the extension of long-term partial activity for employees of companies dependent on British waters,

    • restructuring aid under the company’s job protection plan,

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    • the possibility of “validate the acquired experience or retraining in the maritime sector”.

    22:32 : The French Ministry of the Sea unveils several measures of the support plan for fishermen and fishmongers. They will be able to benefit from a flat-rate aid of up to 30,000 euros depending on their dependence on products caught in British waters “, indicates the ministry in a press release. “The government will present very soon the complete support plan for French fishermen”, assures Minister of the Sea Annick Girardin in this document.

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    22:22 : British Prime Minister Boris Johnson shares a video in which he wishes a Merry Christmas to the people of the United Kingdom. And he took the opportunity to brandish the 2,000-page agreement concluded between London and Brussels (around 2m40). He reiterates that the members of the European Union are “partners” and “friends”.

    9:02 p.m. : Michel Barnier, chief negotiator of the Union for Brexit, was earlier the guest of the “8 pm” of France 2 after the announcement of an agreement concluded between London and Brussels. Find his interview.

    (FRANCE 2)

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    8:51 p.m. : “We are still in a difficult situation because Brexit was a mistake.”

    Dominic Grieve does not claim victory. “We will find out next year that even with this agreement there will be obstacles for free trade.”, assures the former conservative deputy to franceinfo. According to him, contrary to what Boris Johnson claims, the British have not “regained control of their destiny”.

    8:48 p.m. : The president of the Breton fishermen evokes an agreement “win-win” for fishing. But Olivier Le Nezet remains on alert. On franceinfo, he said he was waiting for the Minister of the Sea and the President of the Republic to give “very specific elements”, because he believes that “in a global deal, the devil is in the details”. “We can welcome an agreement”, but you have to see “what exists in this agreement and what are the negotiations that will have an impact on the sector”.

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    8:29 p.m. : How to interpret this sentence from the press release: “We now need to check that our essential points have been fully taken into account” ? Do the governments of the 27 know what is in the agreement (which is 2,000 pages long)? Questioned in the “20 hours” of France 2, Michel Barnier assures to have continuously informed the executives of the 27, while giving this warning: “There aren’t many surprises, but it’s true that you have to look at the details.”

    8:27 p.m. : “Significant progress has been made, including in the last few hours. We now need to check that our essential points have been fully taken into account”, write the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, and the Secretary of State for European Affairs, Clément Beaune, in a press release.

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    8:21 p.m. : “There is no winner in Brexit, it is lose-lose”, says Michel Barnier, chief negotiator of the European Union for Brexit, who mentions “nine months of very tough negotiations”, in the 20 hours newspaper of France 2.

    (FRANCE 2)

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    8:12 p.m. : Elements remain unresolved and are not resolved by this trade agreement:

    • The text does not concern financial services, which make London the only place to compete with New York.

    • The talks were not an opportunity for London and Brussels to agree on a common foreign, defense and development policy.

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    • The Spanish Prime Minister underlined that the negotiations were continuing to preserve the free movement of goods and people between Spain and Gibraltar, a British enclave on the Iberian Peninsula..

    8:10 p.m. : A mechanism to arbitrate disputes is put in place. If the UK or the EU does not comply with the treaty, a binding dispute settlement mechanism, such as exists in most trade agreements, will be responsible for settling the disputes.

    8:09 p.m. : UK and EU commit to a level playing field. And if one of the two parties fails to meet its obligations in this area, it will be possible to take “corrective measures“, like introducing tariffs.

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    8:08 p.m. : The text does not provide for any customs duties on goods. As expected, with this agreement, the EU offers unprecedented access to its huge market of 450 million consumers, without customs duties or quotas, for “all goods which comply with the appropriate rules of origin”. Unheard of for a trade agreement.

    8:07 p.m. : On fishing, the compromise is complex. The agreement finally provides that at the end of a transitional period of five and a half years, until June 2026, the fishermen of the European Union will have to return each year to the United Kingdom a sum equivalent to 25% of their taken in British waters (approximately 160 million euros).

    8:04 p.m. : London and Brussels have announced a trade agreement that will govern their economic relations from January 1. We summarize in this article what we know about this 2000 page text.

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    10:09 p.m. : It’s 8 p.m., let’s do another reminder of the main titles:

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    In extremis. London and Brussels have finalized the post-Brexit trade deal they had been negotiating for ten months. “We have taken back control of our destiny”, welcomes Boris Johnson. Here is what we know about the content of the text.

    • Several stages stand in the face of this agreement. The British opposition announces that it will vote in favor of the text. It will then be approved by the heads of state within the Council of Europe, and should then enter into provisional application from 1 January. Follow the situation in our live.

    • Public Health France indicates that it has recorded 21,634 new cases of Covid-19 contamination in 24 hours. The health agency also reports 292 new deaths in hospitals over the same period of time.

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    • Thomas Tuchel was fired by PSG, owned by Qataris, franceinfo learned from sources close to the Paris club. The 47-year-old German technician arrived at PSG in 2018. He was sacked 6 months from the end of his contract, which ran until June 2021.

    7:27 p.m. : In the event of a ‘no deal’, we started with friction and a maximum lack of visibility on all files, recalls Elvire Fabry.We were throwing all the economic players and all the citizens who have a connection with the United Kingdom into the total unknown. ” With this agreement, “we took care of the most urgent”. According to the specialist, it will create a stronger spirit of cooperation than if we had remained on a ‘no deal’ scenario, which would have further deteriorated the little that remained of mutual trust “.

    19:22 : “Both parties are winners. “

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    Elvire Fabry, researcher in charge of trade policy and Brexit at the Jacques Delors Institute, deciphers for franceinfo the agreement concluded between the United Kingdom and the European Union.


    (EUROPEAN COMMISSION / AFP)

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    19:18 : Nigel Farage, Europhobe and former MEP, who played a key role in Brexit, comments on the conclusion of the agreement between London and Brussels. He believes on Twitter that it is a “great moment”, even if “the agreement is not perfect”. Nigel Farage admitted to lying during his Brexit campaign, in 2016.

    6:46 p.m. : Good evening @Santa Claus. Yes, as you can see here, Xavier Bertrand, president of Hauts-de-France, wrote his message on Twitter with “@”. This makes it possible to mention the Twitter accounts of the personalities or bodies concerned.

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    6:46 p.m. : Good evening FI. Did Xavier Bertrand really write @gouvernement, @UE, @ region …. In my opinion he must know how to write in French … so without sprinkling @ .Joyeux Noël @ vous!

    6:49 p.m. : “When this deal comes to parliament, the Labor Party will accept it and vote for”, Keir Starmer, UK Labor MP leader, said at a press conference. “We accept this agreement, but its consequences are yours and nothing but yours”, he adds, addressing Boris Johnson and his government. The British Prime Minister has a comfortable majority in Parliament.

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    6:14 p.m. : Despite the agreement, “there will be real economic and human consequences for our fishermen”, comments Xavier Bertrand, the president of the Hauts-de-France region, who calls for “Action plan.

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    6:10 p.m. : British deputies are convened on December 30, on the eve of the final rupture of the United Kingdom and the European Union. They are due to debate the trade deal between the UK and the EU.

    6:02 p.m. : Good evening. Here is the full speech by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson following the announcement of the trade agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union.

    Michel Barnier’s speech was posted a little earlier in this direct and it is available here.

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    6:02 p.m. : Will the speech of Boris Johnson or Michel Barnier be available in full on FI?

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    17:31 : “These negotiations were tough but the agreement allows the Channel to remain a peaceful fishing area”, reacts on Twitter Annick Girardin, Minister of the Sea.

    17:33 : They will not be tomorrow morning at the foot of the tree under a pile of wrapping paper. Ambassadors from the 27 countries of the European Union will meet tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. to start discussing the deal reached between the EU and the UK, says a spokesperson for the German presidency of the European Council .

    5:23 p.m. : “We have regained control of our laws and our destiny.” Here is an excerpt from the press conference held by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson after the announcement of a trade agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom.

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    17:19 : Anne-Elisabeth Moutet, columnist at Daily Telegraph, said to himself “very amused” by early comments in UK and France. Everyone believes they have won, she sums up. She reacted earlier on franceinfo.

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    5:10 p.m. : Erasmus sacrificed! There is much to cry about. What disappointments for British youth. I pity them.

    5:10 p.m. : Michel Barnier announced during his speech that the government had “decided not to participate in the Erasmus exchange program”. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke of a “difficult decision”. An announcement that is already reacting in the comments.

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    5:04 p.m. : “European unity and steadfastness have paid off. The deal with the UK is essential to protect our citizens, our fishermen, our producers”, reacts in turn Emmanuel Macron, on Twitter.

    5:03 p.m. : The agreement brings “business confidence” and contributes to “maintain the flow of trade”, says Theresa May.

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    5:01 p.m. : Theresa May and David Cameron, former British Prime Ministers, react to the announcement of this agreement. “The trade agreement is really welcome”, component “an essential step to build a new relationship with the EU as friends, neighbors and partners”, writes David Cameron on Twitter.

    4:59 p.m. : The European Parliament will vote “in the new year” on the agreement between the European Union and Great Britain, indicates its president, David Sassoli. The European Parliament “regrets that the duration of the negotiations and the last-minute nature of the agreement do not allow real parliamentary control before the end of the year”, he notes in a press release.

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    4:50 p.m. : Let’s continue to catch up with the speech of Michel Barnier, the chief negotiator for the European Union. He stressed that there would be, despite this agreement, “real changes” on January 1 “for many citizens and businesses”. “This is the consequence of Brexit”, he insisted.

    4:46 p.m. : You may have missed it earlier, here is the speech by Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission. “This agreement is fair, balanced and just”, she said in particular.

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