European Union approves Brexit plan

European Union approves Brexit plan

European Union approves Brexit plan

EU Council President Donald Tusk, who has always said he would prefer Britain not to leave, said on the eve of the summit that "no-one will have reasons to be happy" when Brexit happens.

A summit planned for Sunday was in jeopardy when Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez at the last minute threatened to boycott the gathering of the 27 European Union members because he wanted guarantees how the British territory off Spain's southern coast would be treated after Great Britain's planned departure from the EU.

The European Commission chief warned the United Kingdom parliament it should not count on any renegotiation ahead of Britain's departure in March, as European Union leaders on Sunday approved a landmark agreement on Britain's exit.

Eurosceptics in May's Conservative party and their Northern Irish allies warn they will not support the agreement when MPs vote as expected next month.

"Some said it [Brexit] would not cost anything and it would actually bring about some positive financial elements for the United Kingdom", he said.

There is little evidence Britain's embattled prime minister will have sufficient support to win legislative endorsement of the deal in a House of Commons vote next month.

Leo Varadkar was speaking before European Union leaders approved the withdrawal agreement at a special summit in Brussels.

"To do that we need to get on with Brexit now by getting behind this deal".

He said: "I am totally convinced this is the only deal possible".

On a visit to Cuba, Sanchez said he had yet to receive assurances that any future decisions on Gibraltar would be decided in direct talks between London and Madrid.

Pro-EU Conservative and former GP Sarah Wollaston said it was "deeply shocking" that the prime minister restated the discredited NHS funding claim.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said anyone hoping for fresh negotiations would be disappointed within "seconds" if Parliament rejects the deal, while Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz added: "This is a take-it-or-leave-it situation". "I don't think there is anything more ... in general, this is the max we can all do, both Theresa May and her government as well as the European Union".

Last year's European Union guidelines on the Brexit negotiations effectively gave Spain veto powers over future relations between the bloc and the British overseas territory.

The disagreements have left the two sides staring into the abyss, as British opponents to the deal say they want to come up with something better.

While the DUP's 10 members of parliament are subject to a "confidence and supply" deal signed last year last year to back her minority government, Foster said they would not vote with the government and would consider scrapping the deal if the agreement somehow passes.

Theresa May insisted the UK's position on Gibraltar "has not changed" after she was accused of caving in to Spanish demands ahead of Sunday's Brexit summit.

"If there was anything better I can tell you Theresa May would have gotten that", Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte told reporters.

Theresa May now has the seemingly impossible task of winning support for her deal in the Commons.

British Ambassador to the EU, Tim Barrow wrote in a letter that the United Kingdom.

The EU withdrawal agreement: a 585-page, legally binding document setting out the terms of the UK's exit from the EU.

"This isn't about me", she said.

British and European Union negotiators will still have to work out the terms of their future relationship, and although a 36-page declaration also approved Sunday set out some of the guidelines, much remained unresolved, including Britain's freedom to control large parts of its own economy.

He warned that a no-deal Brexit would unleash "economic chaos", adding: "If the meaningful vote is lost we are in uncharted territory".

Spain threatened on Monday (19 November) to block the Brexit deal as the Article 184 was included "from a day to another", Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell said after a meeting of the Article 50 General Affairs Council.

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