Published: Tue, November 27, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Theresa May gets agreement on Brexit from European Union leaders

Theresa May gets agreement on Brexit from European Union leaders

In Parliament on Monday, Jeremy Corbyn, leader of Britain's main opposition Labour Party, called the withdrawal deal and accompanying political declaration on future relations "an act of national self-harm".

At the same time, he urged the British parliament to back the deal because nothing better will come to the table. "We are all losing because of the United Kingdom leaving", Rutte said.

Speaking after an European Union leaders' summit, Sanchez said Spain's position over Gibraltar, a British territory since 1713, was stronger after the agreement of a Brexit deal on Sunday because Spanish policy effectively became European Union policy.

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

It will also need to be ratified by the European Parliament, in a vote expected to take place in early 2019.

Her foreign minister, Jeremy Hunt, said that the Brexit deal was a "staging post" toward Britain getting everything it wanted from leaving the European Union, but that the arithmetic for getting the deal approved was "challenging".

The future of the deal, which would deliver Britain's biggest shift in foreign and trade policy in more than 40 years, now rests with Britain's parliament, deeply divided over how the country should leave the EU.

With all opposition parties and up to 80 Conservative MPs pledged to oppose May's deal when it comes to the House of Commons, Remainer ministers in her Cabinet are pushing for the prime minister to seek an alternative deal that would leave Britain with a closer relationship with the European Union after Brexit.

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"Our duty as a Parliament over these coming weeks is to examine this deal in detail, to debate it respectfully, to listen to our constituents and decide what is in our national interest". "Those who think that by rejecting the deal that they would have a better deal will be disappointed the first seconds after the rejection".

Britain will leave the European Union on March 29 but remain inside the bloc's single market and be bound by its rules until the end of December 2020, while the two sides work out a new trade relationship. "I think it has ceded too much control".

Pro-Brexit Conservative lawmaker Iain Duncan Smith said Sunday that May should demand new conditions from the EU.

Connor Campbell, financial analyst Spreadex, blamed the uncertain passage that awaits May's Brexit deal for the lack of a spike in value. And EU leaders warned that Britain could not hope to get a better offer.

"The European Council invites the Commission, the European Parliament and the Council to take the necessary steps to ensure that the agreement can enter into force on 30 March 2019, so as to provide for an orderly withdrawal", the European Council said in a news release. Getting the E.U.'s approval for a deal was a major hurdle for the United Kingdom, where voters narrowly voted to leave the a 2016 referendum, but it is by no means the final or biggest one.

May needs to win a simple majority in parliament - 320 votes if all active lawmakers turn out and vote - but former whips, who have long studied parliamentary arithmetic, say the prime minister may end up needing only 305 votes if illnesses and abstentions are accounted for.

May argued on Monday that voters were simply exhausted with Brexit and just wanted their leaders to get things resolved once and for all.

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