European Union and British negotiators have agreed on an outline Brexit deal – but it still needs to be backed by EU member states and by the respective parliaments.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker tweeted “We have one! It’s a fair and balanced agreement for the EU and the UK and it is a testament to our commitment to finding solutions.”
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted that the two sides had struck a “great new deal” and urged UK lawmakers to ratify it in a special session on Saturday.
That could be a challenge – the leaders of his key Northern Ireland ally immediately said they remained opposed to the Brexit deal.
The European Council president’s office announced in a tweet that the leaders had endorsed a statement on Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union.
The leaders invited the EU’s institutions take steps to ensure the agreement can start on November 1, but emphasised that they wanted “as close as possible a partnership with the United Kingdom in the future.”
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