PUBLISHED: 18:40, Thu, Jan 7, 2021 | UPDATED: 18:43, Thu, Jan 7, 2021
Prime Minister Boris Johnson was in a jubilant mood as he pushed his Brexit trade deal with the EU over the line just days before the transition period ended on January 1. After signing the agreement, he said: “By signing this deal, we fulfil the sovereign wish of the British people to live under their own laws, made by their own elected Parliament." European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen struck a unifying tone after months of arduous and often heated talks. She said: “It was a long and winding road, but we have got a good deal to show for it. It is fair. It is a balanced deal. And it is the right and responsible thing to do for both sides."
However, any assumption that Brussels and London's squabbling would be over by securing a trade deal was previously rubbished by one expert, who claimed any agreement only sets a platform for more disputes.
Ivan Rogers, former UK ambassador to the EU, warned back in November that a deal may not end disagreements, as the UK's gradual divergence away from EU laws and regulation could spark fresh rows.
He said: “There are lots of forces driving a gradual divergence.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Brexit news: The EU and Uk could be embroiled in trade wars (Image: getty)
Brexit news: Johnson signing the Brexit trade deal (Image: getty)
“The question is, is that divergence governable and relatively smooth and reasonably amicable whilst we remain close friends, or does it become bumpy, difficult, conflictual, or maybe worse than conflictual — constantly flaring up into trade wars as people bite chunks out of each other?”
The UK has agreed to level playing field