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This Brexit deal is emphatically nothing to celebrate

We have traded real influence for an empty husk of sovereignty

By Jonathan Lis  

Compared with what we were promised, the Prime Minister's deal resembles some sort of macabre joke. Photo: Paul Grover/Daily Telegraph/PA Images

And so the long wait is finally over. Late in the afternoon on Christmas Eve, at the precise moment businesses were shutting up shop for a four-day national holiday, Boris Johnson took to a podium in Downing Street to herald a trade deal with the European Union. This was a good deal, he said. It allowed us to take back control of our money, borders, laws and fisheries. It provided certainty for businesses.

Of course, the Prime Minister was wrong on almost all counts. This was the thinnest deal available within the ruinous red lines he had laid…

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