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European Commission, Council presidents sign Brexit deal

President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen | Frederick Florin/AFP via Getty Images

European Commission, Council presidents sign Brexit deal

‘Things will inevitably change but our friendship will remain,’ Charles Michel said.

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1/24/20, 8:27 AM CET

Updated 1/24/20, 8:48 AM CET

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel this morning signed the agreement on the withdrawal of the U.K. from the EU.

In a tweet announcing the move, Michel said: “Things will inevitably change but our friendship will remain. We start a new chapter as partners and allies.”

He added, in French, that he looked “forward to writing this new page together.”

The European Parliament’s Constitutional Affairs Committee gave its consent to the withdrawal deal Thursday, with all MEPs in the European Parliament set to approve the agreement next week. The U.K. is scheduled to leave the bloc on January 31.

Today I signed the UK Withdrawal Agreement for the EU together with @vonderleyen

Things will inevitably change but our friendship will remain. We start a new chapter as partners and allies.

Hâte d’écrire ensemble cette nouvelle page. pic.twitter.com/a7zmGeBwZS

— Charles Michel (@eucopresident) January 24, 2020

.@eucopresident Charles Michel and I have just signed the Agreement on the Withdrawal of the UK from the EU, opening the way for its ratification by the European Parliament. pic.twitter.com/rEqnUnJA2E

— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) January 24,

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