UK´s May pens open letter to Britons lauding Brexit deal

UK´s May pens open letter to Britons lauding Brexit deal

UK´s May pens open letter to Britons lauding Brexit deal

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said that "it's a sad day", as he arrived Sunday for an EU summit in Brussels to endorse the Brexit agreement.

"EU27 has endorsed the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration on the future EU-UK relations", European Council President Donald Tusk announced on Twitter.

Theresa May staked her authority on a campaign to persuade Parliament against the odds to endorse her Brexit deal, as she refused to rule out quitting as United Kingdom prime minister if she fails. "If there is a deal, then it will be lifted", he said when it was already late on Friday in Europe.

Britain and the European Union say the withdrawal agreement won't be changed but haven't ruled out putting something in writing to allay Spain's fears. "This is the deal that is on the table, this is the best possible deal, this is the only possible deal".

At Sunday's press conference, she again refused to rule out resigning if the deal is rejected by parliament next month, saying: "It's not about me".

The British overseas territory of Gibraltar, a rocky projection located at the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula, which voted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU.

The DUP's 10 MPs have proved reluctant to vote with the Government since the terms of the Brexit deal became known and the termination of their Westminster arrangement would be a major blow to the Prime Minister.

United Kingdom prime minister Theresa May has vowed that she will "always stand by Gibraltar" despite striking a compromise with Spain in order to get her Brexit deal with the European Union over the line.

Spain had threatened to veto the deal unless the wording was changed to give Madrid guarantees that it alone can decide on the future of the disputed territory of Gibraltar in direct talks with London.

"Those who think that, by rejecting the deal, they would get a better deal, will be disappointed", Juncker said.

Theresa May said the UK's position on the sovereignty of Gibraltar had not changed despite the row.

The agreement paves the way for Britain's smooth departure from the bloc from the European Union side, though a bumpy ride still awaits in the U.K. In a formal statement endorsing the deal, the leaders called on European Union institutions "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". That pledge, which the prime minister has previously claimed is the result of a "Brexit dividend", echoes the £350m a week the Vote Leave campaign claimed on its battlebuses could be diverted to the the health service if Britain left the EU.

While Theresa May and her supporters will be relieved at the endorsement, there is a mountain yet to climb: next, the deal must pass through parliament on home soil.

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

Johnson said that Prime Minister Theresa May's government is "making a historic mistake" if it goes forward with its Brexit plan.

Euroskeptics in May's Conservative Party hate the withdrawal agreement and are vowing to oppose it because it forces the U.K.to keep close to the EU's trade rules.

Parliament's vote could open the door to a "brighter future" or condemn the country to more division, she said. European leaders resolved a last-minute dispute over the future of Gibraltar on November 24, clearing the way for a summit to approve the Brexit deal.

The small DUP has an outsize role because its support has been crucial to May's shaky government, which doesn't enjoy a majority in Parliament.

Conservatives could look to either unseat May as leader of the party, or try and amend the Brexit deal before bringing it for a second vote in parliament.

"It is, and the reason I say that is on day one of us leaving the European Union there would be no difference, we would be exactly the same as the rest of the United Kingdom, but in year five or 10 we would be different", she said.

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