Key business figures and politicians have reacted positively to news the UK and the EU have agreed the first stage of their divorce bill.
This is what @theresa_may has won for the UK – guaranteed citizens’ rights, no hard border with Ireland & financial terms settled. As EU President said on Monday, she is “a tough negotiator” pic.twitter.com/zBMRZgj9JI
— Seema Kennedy MP (@SeemaKennedy) 8 December 2017
Overnight the pound soared to a six month high against the Euro , leading Stephen Martin, Institute of Directors, to call it “an early Christmas present for businesses.”
— Steve Baker MP (@SteveBakerHW) 8 December 2017
Boris Johnson and Michael Gove, two key cabinet Brexiters, praised both sides in “getting the best possible deal.”
Congratulations to PM for her determination in getting today’s deal. We now aim to forge a deep and special partnership with our European friends and allies while remaining true to the referendum result – taking back control of our laws, money and borders for the whole of the UK.
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) 8 December 2017
Michael Gove said: “We can now move on to the next stage, after achieving what we needed for Britain.”
Praise was also forthcoming from Donald Tusk, the man charged with getting the best possible deal for the EU.
Donald Tusk says the deal is “the personal success of Theresa May”
— Carrie Symonds (@carriesymonds) 8 December 2017
Talks will resume early next year as both sides begin to tackle the issue of trade agreements, post Brexit.