European Union announces new Brexit deal with UK

European Union announces new Brexit deal with UK

access_time2019-10-18 13:47:40

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.

The new 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.

It comes just two weeks before the United Kingdom is scheduled to depart the 28-member bloc on October 31.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson praised the last-minute breakthrough.

"We've 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.

Johnson's 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.

The UK Parliament has already rejected a prior Brexit deal - negotiated by Johnson's predecessor Theresa May - three times.


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