Two key European Parliament committees have overwhelmingly approved the UK’s post-Brexit trade deal with the EU, bringing its ratification closer.
The wide-ranging EU-UK Trade and Co-operation Agreement were clinched on 24 December. It is in force provisionally. The EU still has concerns about the way the UK is implementing the separate protocol for Northern Ireland.
MEPs are yet to vote on the trade deal in a full session. The deadline for that is the end of this month. There were 108 votes in favour, one against and four abstentions in the parliament’s trade and foreign affairs committees.
UK Brexit Minister Lord Frost is to hold talks over dinner in Brussels shortly with EU Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic, in a further bid to resolve the protocol dispute.