European Parliament ratifies post-Brexit trade deal with UK

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28 April 2021

The European Parliament has backed the post-Brexit trade agreement with the United Kingdom in an overwhelming "yes" vote on 27 April that was announced on Wednesday, APA reports citing Sputnik.

Officials told AFP that 660 MEPs voted to ratify the trade arrangement while five voted against, with 32 abstentions.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has "warmly" welcomed this decision, saying on Twitter that "faithful implementation" of the deal was "essential".

"The TCA (Trade and Cooperation Agreement) marks the foundation of a strong and close partnership with the UK," the official wrote. 

​According to European Council President Charles Michel, the UK remains the European Union's "important friend and partner."

Following the vote, Michel said that it had marked "a major step forward" in the EU-UK relations effectively opening "a new era."