British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Dec. 23 that negotiations for the United Kingdom’s independence from the European Union finally came to an end, with an agreement that Conservative Nigel Farage, leader of the Brexit Party, said “is not perfect but it is a big moment.”

Farage was cautious about ‘the details’ of the agreement that are not yet known but said, “We’ve made the big historic break, the Brexit wars are over, and there’s no going back. And I’ll at least celebrate that this evening.”

Farage continued, “With Brexit, we get back something that we used to think was rather valuable: and it’s called democracy. … We had literally given away the ability to govern ourselves. And Brexit makes us a free country, It makes us a democratic country.”

Farage is known to have been the great driving force behind Brexit, the name given to the popular British movement for the UK to become independent of European Union regulations and bureaucracy.

According to a report in the Daily Mail, some aspects of the deal are:

Fishing: The UK will continue to allow EU members to fish in British waters, something Brexit sought to eliminate, but according to Johnson the British will be able to “… catch and eat quite prodigious quantities of extra fish.”

Sovereignty: One of the most controversial issues was the European Court of Justice, which could force the United Kingdom to modify the laws or regulations that its Parliament issued for its own soil to be aligned with those of the rest of European members.

“The UK will have the freedom to set its own rules and will not be under any obligation to move in lock-step with changes which the EU makes,” said Boris.

The tariffs: Both agreed to zero tariffs for trade. Johnson said, “There will be a giant free trade zone of which we will at once be a member and at the same time be able to do our own free trade deals as one UK.”

In addition, the British will be able to move freely throughout the rest of Europe. There will also be intelligence and enforcement cooperation between UK and European police forces.

“It may not be perfect, but it’s a very big day and a big step forward. Of course, I’ve got concerns over areas, but is this progress? Are we far better off than we were five years ago? Absolutely,” said Farage.

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