The 27 member states of the European Union on Monday gave the green light for the post-Brexit trade agreement to come into force on January 1, a spokesman said.
Ambassadors from EU capitals met in Brussels to nod through the agreement. The procedure will take effect on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. (2:00 p.m. GMT).
For the time being, this will allow duty-free trade with the UK to continue after it leaves the EU’s single market on New Years.
Sebastian Fischer, spokesman for the German EU Council Presidency, said: “The EU ambassadors have unanimously approved the provisional application of the trade and cooperation agreement between the EU and Great Britain.”
The adoption of the plan by Member States will allow it to come into force in good time to avoid disruptions to cross-channel trade.
The agreement still has to be ratified retrospectively by the European Parliament, probably at the end of February.
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