UK parliament set for Saturday vote on
revised withdrawal agreement brokered ahead of October 31 Brexit deadline.
Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of
the European Commission, announced the agreement on Thursday just hours before
EU leaders were due to meet in Brussels, whom he called on to back the deal.
"Where there is a will, there is
a deal - we have one! It's a fair and balanced agreement for the EU and the UK
and it is testament to our commitment to find solutions," Juncker said in
a post on Twitter.
agreement - which sets out a revised plan for Northern Ireland, a major
stumbling block in the previous deal - must still be formally approved by all of the EU's member states and ratified by the European and UK Parliaments.
comes just two weeks before the United Kingdom is
scheduled to depart the 28-member bloc on October 31.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson praised the last-minute breakthrough.
got a great new deal that takes back control - now Parliament should get Brexit
done on Saturday so we can move on to other priorities like the cost of living,
the NHS, violent crime and our environment #GetBrexitDone
#TakeBackControl," Johnson said in a post on Twitter.
plan will now be put to British legislators, who are set to vote on the
agreement during a special sitting of the House of Commons on Saturday.
UK Parliament has already rejected a prior Brexit deal - negotiated by
Johnson's predecessor Theresa May - three times.