British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a Brexit deal with the European Union ahead of a crucial summit in Brussels. The details of the agreement were announced at a joint press conference with EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels today.
“We have a great new Brexit deal,” Johnson declared.
“We have concluded a deal and so there is not an argument for further delay,” EU Chief Juncker said referring to the October 31 deadline on which Johnson has vowed to take his country out of the 27-member bloc.
The top EU official also rejected the idea of extending the Brexit deadline –as urged by the British parliament, The Telegraph newspaper reported. “If we have a deal, we have a deal and there is no need for prolongation,” Juncker added.
BBC reported Prime Minister Johnson’s announcement:
A Brexit deal has been agreed between the UK and EU before a meeting of European leaders in Brussels.
Boris Johnson and Jean-Claude Juncker called it a “fair” outcome – and the EU Commission President said there was no need to extend the Brexit deadline.
He said: “We have a deal so why should we have a prolongation.”
This will be a boost for the PM, but he still faces a battle to get the deal through Parliament with ex-allies the DUP opposing it.
Mr Johnson urged MPs to “come together to get Brexit done and get this excellent deal over the line”.
He added: “Now is the moment for us to get Brexit done and then together to work on building our future partnership, which I think can be incredibly positive both for the UK and for the EU.”
Johnson will need a majority in the British parliament to implement his deal. Besides the Conservative party, he will need the support of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) of Northern Ireland.
DUP, an ally of Johnson-led Conservatives, has opposed the newly announced deal in its current form, but has agreed to find a compromise.
“We will continue to work with the government to try and get a sensible deal that works for Northern Ireland and protects the economic and constitutional integrity of the United Kingdom,” DUP said in a statement.
To see the deal through, Johnson has to get the DUP on board ahead of the Saturday’s vote, when the deal is tabled before the Lower house of the parliament.
“It means that Mr Johnson has 48 hours to try to win over [DUP leader] Arlene Foster and her party in a bid to get his deal over the line on Saturday. Otherwise, he will dependent on the support of 18 rebel Labour MPs,” UK’s Times noted.
The opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn also came out against the deal.
“As it stands we cannot support this deal. Also, it is unclear whether it has the support of his allies in the DUP, or indeed many of his allies on his own backbenches.” Corbyn said.
The Labour party is opposed to leaving the EU and has renewed the calls for a second referendum.
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