Daily Archives: December 24, 2020

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in near-empty service

Associated Press

Published on Dec 24, 2020

Pope Francis delivered an early Mass Thursday to a small congregation at St Peter’s Basilica to comply with Italy’s 10 p.m. curfew. (Dec. 24)

Brexit trade deal finally agreed – BBC News

BBC News

Published on Dec 24, 2020

A post-Brexit trade deal has finally been agreed, four and a half years after the UK voted to leave the European Union.

The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it would protect jobs and provide certainty for business.

After months of talks and frantic last-minute wrangling over fishing, negotiators finally reached agreement on Christmas Eve, with just a week to go before the deadline when the UK’s transition period was coming to an end.

The president of the European Commission, Ursula Von de Leyen, described it as a good and fair agreement.

Some business leaders said the agreement had come as a “huge relief”. However others — along with some British politicians — said they would wait to study the details of the agreement before reaching a judgement on it.

Sophie Raworth presents BBC News reporting by political editor Laura Kuenssberg, Europe editor Katya Adler, business editor Simon Jack, deputy political editor Vicki Young, James Cook in Glasgow, Tomos Morgan in Cardiff and Emma Vardy in Belfast.