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[BBC] BBC 2020-12-25

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[Homework]BBC 2020-12-25

Four-and-a-half years after Britain voted to leave the European Union, the two sides have agreed a post-Brexit free trade deal. The negotiations took months, but the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the British public now have everything they were promised. The deal means both sides will continue to be able to trade without tariffs being placed on goods. The two sides also agree to independent arbitration if either side accused the other of trying to gain a competitive advantage by watering down regulations. One of the big sticking points has been fishing rights. Mr. Johnson said the UK would have what he called prodigious increases in fishing catches because of the deal, but a representative from the fisherman's union was skeptical. Holidaymakers on either side will now need a visa. There will be a new points-based system for immigration in Britain which the government says will put would-be migrants outside the EU on an equal footing with Europeans. Britain is also ending its involvement in the Erasmus exchange program for European universities and is opening student access to colleges around the world. The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said the deal was fair and the EU would continue cooperating with the UK in areas of mutual interests like climate change, but she told Europeans now was the time to leave Brexit behind. The Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin said the deal was a good compromise which would avoid a hard border with Northern Ireland.

In other news, state media in Ethiopia say the army has killed dozens of militants, a day after a massacre of ethnic groups in the west of the country.


Coast guards of the coast of Tunisia have recovered the bodies of 20 migrants who died when their boat capsized.


And Chile, Mexico and Costa Rica have begun vaccinating thousands of people against COVID-19, the first countries in Latin America to do so.

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