EU leaders agree to UK Brexit proposal

RNZ: UK’s Brexit deal agreed by EU leaders

EU leaders have approved an agreement on the UK’s withdrawal and future relations – insisting it is the “best and only deal possible”.

After 20 months of negotiations, the 27 leaders gave the deal their blessing after less than an hour’s discussion.

hey said the deal – which needs to be approved by the UK Parliament – paved the way for an “orderly withdrawal”.

Theresa May said the deal “delivered for the British people” and set the UK “on course for a prosperous future”.

Speaking in Brussels, she urged both Leave and Remain voters to unite behind the agreement, insisting the British public “do not want to spend any more time arguing about Brexit”.

The UK is scheduled to leave the EU on 29 March 2019.

The EU officially endorsed the terms of the UK’s withdrawal during a short meeting, bringing to an end negotiations which began in March 2017.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said anyone in Britain who thought the bloc might offer improved terms if MPs rejected the deal would be “disappointed.

The UK Parliament is expected to vote on the deal on 12 December, but its approval is far from guaranteed.

Labour, the Lib Dems, the SNP, the DUP and many Conservatives MPs are set to vote against.

Mrs May has appealed to the British public to get behind the agreement – saying that although it involved compromises, it was a “good deal that unlocks a bright future for the UK”.

At a news conference in Brussels, she said the agreement would:

  • end freedom of movement “in full and once and for all”
  • protect the constitutional integrity of the UK, and
  • ensure a return to “laws being made in our country by democratically elected politicians interpreted and enforced by British courts”.

The agreement, she added, would not remove Gibraltar from the “UK family” – a reference to a last-minute wrangle with Spain over the territory.

The EU leaders have approved the two key Brexit documents:

  • The EU withdrawal agreement: a 599-page, legally binding document setting out the terms of the UK’s exit from the EU. It covers the UK’s £39bn “divorce bill”, citizens’ rights and the Northern Ireland “backstop” – a way to keep the Irish border open, if trade talks stall
  • The political declaration, which sets out what the UK and EU’s relationship may be like after Brexit – outlining how things like UK-EU trade and security will work

There was no formal vote on Sunday, with the EU proceeding by consensus.

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  1. David

     /  26th November 2018

    She is 90 votes off getting it through parliament. In effect May has the UK still inside the EU and subject to all its rules but has no say in making them. The EU has the UK totally subjugated because May allowed it and she and her finance minister dont want Brexit.

    Watch project fear 2.0 being resurrected for the next 2 weeks as May tells the citizens of the 6th largest economy in the world that if they dont stay tied to Macedonia and Romania et al then the UK will run out of fresh water, medicines and basic food items while the lights are switched off and planes wont fly as millions are thrown on to the dole and even worse house prices may slip a percent or two.
    Mays problem is she gets captured by a couple of trusted advisors and wont listen to her cabinet or party and then gets her mind fixed in a poor position and just plows through with remarkable determination.

    • Griff.

       /  26th November 2018

      NZ 1 January 1973
      England joined they eu and the result almost bankrupts us in NZ.
      Why ?
      Trade.. we lost our major markets.
      We are at the opposite side of the world .
      The UK is next door to the EU.
      Withdrawing will have catastrophic effect on their ability to trade .
      It will take decades if ever to resolve the impact on the UK economy.

      • David

         /  26th November 2018

        It wont because they have a 93 billion pound trade deficit with Europe and the bulk of UK exports go elsewhere. Just 7% of GDP is europe based. A large part of the UK economy is service based and wont be impacted and they can trade under WTO terms.
        There are very few similarities at all.

    • Missy

       /  26th November 2018

      Project Fear 2.0 has been in place for the last couple of weeks, over the weekend the latest stated that the UK would run out of clean drinking water in days of a no deal brexit – it is getting so absurd not even many Remainers are believing it.

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  26th November 2018

    May’s supreme talent seems to be boring people to death. I feel weakened already.

    • Gezza

       /  26th November 2018

      For christ’s sake. Harden up Al ! >:D

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  26th November 2018

        My God, that woman is boring, G. My eyes glaze over at the thought of her let alone of reading her deal or even about her deal or even about whether she can get her deal ratified by Parliament.

  3. Missy

     /  26th November 2018

    This deal is awful for the UK. The biggest issues with the deal as I see it are:

    1. If the backstop is invoked then the UK has no way out of it without EU say so, no end date and no ability to withdraw unilaterally.

    2. The ECJ has final say over all matters relating to EU law – which will essentially be everything relating to this agreement

    3. Spain have said they will veto the trade deal if they get no concessions on Gibraltar

    4. France have said they will veto the trade deal if they don’t get fishing rights in UK waters

    5. Ireland have threatened to veto the trade deal if Northern Ireland do not remain in the Customs Union and Single Market

    these last three points are pertinent as with no ability to stop the backstop the UK will either have to cave to the EU (France, Spain, and Ireland specifically) or they fall into the backstop where the EU has no incentive to agree to a trade deal as they will have control over the UK, be taking the UK’s money, but they won’t have the bother of the UK trying to stop them on anything the UK may disagree on.

    May is at risk over this deal, Labour are threatening to vote against it, DUP will vote against it, and at least 90 of her own MPs have said they will vote against it.

    It will be interesting to see if this provides the tipping point for the Conservatives and more letters are sent in to the 1922 Committee Chair (it is believed he only needs about another 5-10 letters).

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