BRUSSELS - Britain remains the European Union's "important friend and partner", the chairman of the bloc said on Wednesday after the European Parliament cleared a new, post-Brexit trade deal between the two.
"I warmly welcome the results of the vote by the European Parliament on the EU-UK trade and cooperation agreement. It marks a major step forward in EU-UK relations and opens a new era," European Council President Charles Michel said on Twitter.
"The EU will continue to work constructively with the UK as an important friend and partner."
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