European Union 'closer' to agreement with Spain over Brexit

Gibraltar deal clears way for Sunday Brexit summit

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned that Britain can not expect to get a better deal, if its parliament rejects the agreement.

Tusk tweeted that 27 EU leaders meeting in Brussels "endorsed the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration on the future EU-UK relations".

British Prime Minister Theresa May will then have the momentous task to sell the deal to her recalcitrant Parliament and a nation still fundamentally split whether the United Kingdom should leave the European Union on March 29 and under what conditions.

Dozens of members of her own party have indicated they will not support the deal and the opposition Labour party plans to vote it down.

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.

DUP leader Arlene Foster said on Sunday she would "review" the agreement to back May's Conservative government if the Brexit divorce is passed by Britain's parliament.

It also includes details on the length of Britain's transition period, whereby no major changes will be made to the UK-EU relationship, as the two parties work out a post-Brexit trade deal.

Tusk has recommended the bloc approve the Brexit deal negotiated with Britain. "I'm thinking about getting a deal through that delivers for this country".

"I believe that the British government will succeed in securing the backing of the British Parliament".

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

Clare Moody, Labor's minister for Gibraltar, said: "What is remarkable is that Theresa May has gone to Brussels to concede further text at this stage, before we've even left".

Spain is furious that the deal outlining Britain's exit from the European Union does not explicitly state that Madrid has a veto on any accord on future relations between the European Union and Gibraltar after Brexit.

Gibraltar deal clears way for Sunday Brexit summit

Her aides say she is banking on the "fear factor", daring the House of Commons to vote down a deal which if rejected would leave Britain most likely crashing out of the bloc, its largest trading partner, without any agreements, which would be costly economically and would nearly certainly push the country into recession.

Earlier this evening, Prime Minister Theresa May had herself underscored the UK's commitment to upholding Gibraltar's British sovereignty and defending the right to self-determination of the Gibraltarian people. He told reporters that the deal was "the best possible", but the summit "is neither a time of jubilation nor of celebration".

The Government will put forward a new piece of legislation: the EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill.

She said that the draft agreement raises constitutional questions and instead insisted on "an outcome that does not leave Northern Ireland open to the perils of increased divergence away from the rest of the United Kingdom".

Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez withdrew a threat to boycott Sunday's European Council just hours before Britain's Theresa May was due in Brussels.

Santos Silva says the impasse has an "easy resolution because the heads of state of the 27 had already agreed (.) that any agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union regarding Gibraltar would require previous agreement from Spain, and that appears to be a very wise line".

The U.K.is due to leave the European Union at midnight Brussels time on March 29.

Tajani said a "large majority" of European parliamentarians supported the deal.

The deal sets out the terms of Britain's departure on March 29 and sets a framework for future ties.

She praised the deal struck "in an extremely hard situation, in a situation without any precedence because we haven't had it before that a European country leaves the EU".

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

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