BORIS JOHNSON said the “devil is in the detail” as he urged Tory backbenchers to support the UK’s historic £660billion Brexit trade deal.
Both the UK and EU published the 1,255-page treaty on Boxing Day morning, as the prime minister works to persuade Eurosceptic Tories to back it as the “right deal” for the country.
The PM acknowledged “the devil is in the detail” but insisted it would stand up to inspection from the European Research Group (ERG) of Brexiteers, who will assemble a panel of lawyers to examine the full text.
His message to Tory MPs came as the EU’s 27 member states indicated they will formally back the deal agreed by the UK with Brussels’ officials within days.
The agreement is expected to be the first-ever zero-tariff trade agreement with the EU and was made after Boris and European Commission Chief Ursula Von Der Leyen broke the crucial fishing deadlock on Christmas Eve.
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