Delivering Brexit was no easy task - but now the real work begins for Boris Johnson: The Yorkshire Post says

It has been a long and often difficult road to Brexit, a process which could be truly said to have ended only on New Year’s Eve as the transition period finished and the UK’s new trade deal with the European Union came into effect.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Theresa May during the debate in the House of Commons on the EU (Future Relationship) Bill.  Picture: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/PA Wire
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Theresa May during the debate in the House of Commons on the EU (Future Relationship) Bill. Picture: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/PA Wire

But it is equally clear that now the real work begins in terms of making a success of Britain’s altered place in the world.

With fishermen in Yorkshire feeling betrayed at the outcome for their sector from the trade agreement to the extent of calling for the resignation of Environment Secretary George Eustice and the region’s manufacturers concerned about the increased red tape and bureaucracy required for them to continue trading with Europe, the new arrangements are obviously not perfect.

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But they do deliver on the referendum result of 2016, avert what would have been a disastrous no deal scenario and provide an important foundation for the country to set its own course in future. As Rachel Hallos, county chairman of the West Riding National Farmers’ Union, aptly puts it, the changes facing agriculture are both “a little bit scary” and potentially “really exciting”.

But, as with so many other sectors, those on the farming front line now need clarity on precisely what role they will play in the country’s post-Brexit future and how their operations will be affected.

Boris Johnson and his colleagues in Vote Leave famously pleaded with voters to “take back control” in 2016. That wish was granted to Mr Johnson, eventually along with the keys to Downing Street. Much of the past five years has been consumed with ensuring that Brexit actually happened and to his credit and often seemingly against the odds, Mr Johnson has ensured it did.

But now it has, those in charge led by the Prime Minister have no hiding place in delivering the better future they promised the country.

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