Brexit LIVE: Boris Johnson’s Tories given boost in poll after securing Brexit trade deal

In Survation’s first voter intention poll of the year, Conservatives maintain a small lead over Labour, by 40 percent to 38 percent with the Tories jumping one point since the week commencing December 22. Mr Johnson is still favoured as the Prime Minister against his counterpart (39% compared to Sir Keir’s 37%), however, the survey also found an eight-point reduction since December in his overall leadership approval ratings with a net rating now of -8.

This is compared to Labour Leader Sir Keir Starmer who had a one-point drop since December, but maintains a +8 net rating.

Mr Johnson claimed Britain would prosper outside of the EU with the trade deal with the EU, adding as a deal was secured at Christmas: “We have taken back control of our laws and our destiny.”

European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen added of the deal: “This was a long and winding road but we have got a good deal to show for it.”

The EU chief said the deal was “fair” and “balanced” and it was now “time to turn the page and look to the future”.

Survation interviewed 1,033 adults over 18 years old between January 12 to 13.


8am update: Government publishes post-Brexit checklist for firms 

The Government has published a checklist for firms to help them avoid any disruption to their business now that the UK has left the EU.

The Business Department has also launched videos covering new rules on trade and data.

The checklist covers goods requiring extra papers, work permits and visas to travel to the EU on business, and applying to become a licensed sponsor to hire skilled staff from the EU.

Business Minister Paul Scully said: “The UK is finally out of the EU single market and customs union, and business is changing.”

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