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President of the European Commission  Ursula von der Leyen (left) and President of the European Council Charles Michel sign the UK Withdrawal Agreement watched by Michel Barnier, European Commission’s Head of Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom

This morning.

Brussels, Belgium.

Via  Daily Telegraph:

In a somewhat low-key ceremony, Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission, and Charles Michel, President of the European Council, signed the WAB

After signing the agreement, Mr Michel said that “things will inevitably change but our friendship will remain”.

“We start a new chapter as partners and allies,” he said.

The treaty will now be taken to London for signing by Boris Johnson before it is returned to Brussels, where MEPs will vote on the deal this Wednesday.

Brexit latest news: Boris Johnson’s Withdrawal Agreement Bill signed by European Commission (Telegrasph)


This afternoon.

RTÉ’s Vincent Kearney tweetz:

No B word: Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar is keen to talk about Brexit but so far travelling across counties Dublin, Longford, Louth, Offaly, Tipperary, Cork and Limerick with David Goldsmith to cover the general election for RTÉ News I’ve yet to hear a single person mention it.



The clanging chimes of doom?

Or reverberating bongs of freedom?

The hopes of diehard Brexiters to hear the chimes of Big Ben sound at the moment the UK leaves the EU appear to have finally been dashed by Downing Street, as it indicated this will not happen even if the public raises the £500,000 needed to pay for it.

According to Boris Johnson’s spokesman, Commons authorities – who warned on Tuesday of the high cost of completing the complex restoration of the clocktower – have said there could be difficulties in accepting public donations.

Big Ben unlikely to chime on Brexit day, No 10 indicates (The Guardian)

The Big Ben must bong for Brexit campaign (Gofundme)

This morning.

A conciliatory European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is in London for talks with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson where…

….The Prime Minister is expected to press home his desire to reach a free trade agreement with the EU by the end of December 2020, when the transition period is set to end…..

Brexit latest news: Boris Johnson to meet Ursula von der Leyen for key talks after first PMQs of 2020 (Telegraph)

This morning.

Strasbourg, France.

“We won’t become a third country, as I’ve been hearing this morning, we’re going to become an independent, self-governing nation.

“You can delude yourselves this morning inside this cathedral that all is well, but it isn’t.

“People do not want to be run and governed by faceless bureaucrats like Michel and Von der Leyen.

“Did you hear them earlier? Dull as dishwater.”

Nigel Farage (top) says goodbye to his European Parliament colleagues.



This afternoon.

European Parliament, Strasbourg, France

Emily O’Reilly has secured a second term as the European Ombudsman following a vote in the European Parliament…

The former Irish Ombudsman, who secured 320 votes in the secret ballot, faced a tough battle to retain her position with a strong challenge from Estonian Judge Julia Laffranque.

O’Reilly secures second term as European Ombudsman (RTÉ)


This morning.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivered a victory speech after his Conservative party yielded the best election result since 1987.

He said:

“Thank you all, thank you very much for coming. Well my friends, good morning everybody, my friends.

“Well, we did it, we did it. We pulled it off didn’t we?

“We pulled it off.

“We broke the deadlock, we ended the gridlock, we smashed the roadblock.

“And in this glorious, glorious pre-breakfast moment, before a new dawn rises on a new day and a new government, I want to first of all pay tribute to good colleagues who lost their seats through no fault of their own in the election just gone by.

“And I, of course, want to congratulate absolutely everybody involved in securing the biggest conservative majority, since the 1980s…which was, literally, literally, as I look around, literally before many of you were born.

“And with this mandate, and this majority, we will at last be able do…what?”

The crowds respond in chorus: “Get Brexit done.”

Mr Johnson then carried on:

“You’re paying attention.

“This election means that getting Brexit done is now the irrefutable, irresistible, unarguable decision of the British people…”

Last night: “A Thumping Tory Majority”

The cheese choice is yours.

This morning.

Fergus Lenehan tweetz:

Was in Lidl in Leipzig [Germany] today. They had both British and Irish cheddar cheese on the shelves. Turn the packages over & you can see they’re the same cheese, from Cookstown in County Tyrone…Northern Irish identities in action, dominating British & Irish branding?


From top: DUP Leader Arlene Foster: Peter Brooke in this morning’s The Times

Writing in today’s Belfast Telegraph, Ms Foster is critical of the Brexit deal and says Mr Johnson agreed to greater than necessary checks between Northern Ireland and Britain.

She also said that he settled for what she calls a “one-sided” consent mechanism involving Stormont.

However, at the beginning and end of the article, Ms Foster states the party wants to get Northern Ireland moving again.

She also says that the party wants Brexit to be delivered and devolution restored.

Arlene Foster: We cannot back a deal that is not in Northern Ireland’s best interests Arlene Foster, Belfast Telegraph)

Foster confirms DUP’s ten MPs will oppose Brexit deal in vote (BBC)