The European Parliament has backed the Brexit commerce and safety deal, a key step in guaranteeing that tariff- and quota-free commerce between the UK and EU continues.

The Commerce and Co-operation Settlement (TCA), which has been working provisionally since January, was authorised with 660 MEPs in favour and 5 towards, with 32 abstentions. Nevertheless, in an accompanying decision the chamber described the 23 June 2016 Brexit referendum end result as a “historic mistake”.

Lord Frost, the UK’s chief negotiator, mentioned that the vote “brings certainty and permits us to deal with the longer term”.

Michel Barnier, Lord Frost’s reverse quantity within the Brexit negotiations, was much less enthusiastic. “This can be a divorce. It’s a warning, Brexit. It’s a failure of the European Union and we now have to be taught classes from it,” he informed the European Parliament.

The deal doesn’t deal with all of the tensions that stay within the wake of Brexit. Northern Eire commerce stays lined underneath a separate protocol defining it as a part of the EU’s single market, which means that items shipped to the nation from the UK should endure Eu checks.

Whereas the TCA covers commerce in items between the UK and the Eu, it doesn’t cowl companies – which make up the majority of the UK financial system. Different areas not lined by the TCA embrace international coverage, monetary companies and scholar exchanges.

The UK’s exit from the EU at the beginning of the yr prompted a report loss in commerce between the 2 blocs, with UK exports to the continent falling by 40.7% and imports falling by 28.8% in January. Although commerce volumes have since elevated, they continue to be beneath pre-Brexit ranges.