The European Union’s top officials have formally signed the post-Brexit trade deal with the United Kingdom.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel put pen to paper on Wednesday morning during a brief signature ceremony in Brussels. The documents will then be flown across the Channel to London in a RAF plane for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to sign them.
The U.K. Parliament will later start debating the agreement setting up new trade rules between the 27-nation bloc and former member Britain. The agreement needs approval from Britain’s Parliament and from the EU’s legislature, which is not expected to take up the deal for weeks.