Gibraltar to stay in EU's Schengen zone after Brexit – follow live

PM says his Brexit deal achieves 'having his cake and eating it' Boris Johnson said the UK's destiny "resides firmly in our hands" and hailed "wonderful" new customs forms, as his Brexit trade deal became law hours before Britain leaves the EU's single market and customs union at 11pm on Thursday. His deal has been branded the worst UK negotiation in 40 years by Tony Blair's former chief of staff and the negotiator of the Good Friday Agreement.

Jonathan Powell said Brussels had got its way "on every major economic point". It comes as the UK and Spain said Gibraltar will remain part of EU's passport-less, free-travel Schengen Area - after reaching an initial agreement over the British territory's status on Thursday. Elsewhere, the PM's father Stanley Johnson confirmed he is applying for a French passport. "I will always be European," he said.

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Dance marks 'end and a beginning'

Here is Labour's former MEP Seb Dance, who has been vocal in his opposition to Brexit over the last half decade: Vincent Wood31 December 2020 19:40


SNP ask Europe to 'leave a light on' for Scotland

The SNP has said Europe should "leave a light on for Scotland" as the Brexit transition period comes to an end.

The party's Westminster leader Ian Blackford said Scotland would "be back" to rejoin the EU as an independent country. He said: "I ask our European friends and neighbours to leave a light on for Scotland. "Scotland will remain a European nation, we will continue to build strong links, and we will be back to take our place as an independent member of the EU."

Vincent Wood31 December 2020 19:20


Confusion over Brexit customs rules forces retailers to suspend Northern Ireland deliveries

Retailers including John Lewis and Dunelm have suspended deliveries to Northern Ireland due to uncertainty about red tape to be imposed because of Brexit.  More below: Vincent Wood31 December 2020 18:59


What kind of year has it been

Boris Johnson is many things to many people - but all would agree he has a tendency to be a bit of an optimist.

His message to the country heading into 2021 (see below) is unsurprisingly more of the same - but given he made the same promise at the start of this year, you would be given for feeling a little bit of scepticism when it comes to his certainty. Vincent Wood31 December 2020 18:38


Boris Johnson says New Year marks 'an amazing moment' for UK as 2021 ushers in Brexit and hopes for an end to Covid

Boris Johnson has said that the move from 2020 to 2021 marks "an amazing moment for this country", in a New Year's message broadcast as most of the UK hunkered down at home under coronavirus restrictions. More below:

Vincent Wood31 December 2020 18:18


'How lovely that he has a choice'

Here is West Ham MP Lyn Brown on the news the PM's father, Stanley Johnson, is applying for French citizenship to access the benefits of the EU after Brexit Vincent Wood31 December 2020 17:54


Stanley Johnson says he is applying for French citizenship and 'will always be a European'

Boris Johnson's father is applying for a French passport as his son leads Britain out of the European Union. More below:

Vincent Wood31 December 2020 17:33


Only 17% of Britons think Boris Johnson's 'fantastic' Brexit deal is good for country

The public has delivered an overwhelming thumbs-down to the Brexit trade deal, just 17 per cent saying they think it will be "good" for the country. More below: Vincent Wood31 December 2020 17:13


Low take-up of permits raises spectre of queues at borders as UK transitions out of EU

With only hours to go until the UK leaves the EU single market and customs union, only 450 lorries had applied for permits to allow them to enter Kent and cross the Channel on the first full day of Brexit.

More below: Vincent Wood31 December 2020 16:50


'Everything changed on my way to a giant Wetherspoons in Cardiff' - four years reporting on the Brexit wars

Tom Peck began writing about politics in November 2015, just three months before the EU referendum was announced. He writes that while there have been countless twists and turns, what really stands out to him is the number of appalling lies that have been told, the true consequences of which he believes we are about to discover

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Vincent Wood31 December 2020 16:31

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