‘Christmas Present’? Britons in Two Minds about Brexit Deal

Boston, United Kingdom, Dec 24 (AFP/APP): After months of fraught negotiations between the European Union and the UK, Britons welcomed Thursday’s “Christmas present” Brexit deal with relief and some skepticism.

David Ashby, a 62-year-old from the town of Boston on the east coast of England, called it “a nice Christmas present for the country”, saying it was good “just to get it all finished and tied up and done with”.

“I think it’s dragged on for too long now,” he added.

Andy Finch, who also lives in the Lincolnshire market town which voted by a higher margin than anywhere else in the UK to leave the EU, sounded a pessimistic note.

“I don’t think it was a good idea in the first place. I still don’t think it’s a good idea. But that’s where we are. And, well, we’ll just have to see,” Finch said.

Paul Skinner, leader of Boston Borough Council, also questioned the thinking behind leaving the European Union. “At the end of the day, what we do need to be doing is working with our partners, whether it’s the council next door, or the countries next door, it works better if we work together. So that’s the way I see it,” he said.

In London the news of the deal was also met with relief. “It would’ve been a disaster if there would’ve been no deal, so very pleased that there is,” Shane O’Neill said.

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