EU ambassadors approve provisional application of Brexit trade deal

FILE PHOTO: EU Commission President von der Leyen and British PM Johnson meet in Brussels

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Ambassadors of European Union governments in Brussels approved on Monday the provisional application from Jan 1, 2021 of the EU-Britain trade deal struck last week.

"EU Ambassadors have unanimously approved the provisional application of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement as of January 1, 2021," the spokesman for the German EU Presidency Sebastian Fischer said on Twitter.

The deal, which ended nine months of negotiations, will now be approved by all 27 EU governments in writing by 1400 GMT on Tuesday, Fischer said.

(Reporting by Jan Strupczewski)