U.K.'s May Plans Last-Minute Brussels Dash to Seal Brexit Deal

Brexit : Theresa May under pressure from eurosceptics

British Prime Minister Theresa May called for a swift resolution to the country's turmoil over Brexit as she announced the details of an agreement with Brussels on a draft political declaration on a future relationship with the EU.

"This declaration establishes the parameters of an ambitious, broad, deep and flexible partnership across trade and economic cooperation, law enforcement and criminal justice, foreign policy, security and defense and wider areas of cooperation", according to the document.

The announcement clears the way for a special Brexit summit to go ahead in Brussels on Sunday, when leaders of the 27 remaining European Union states are expected to give their stamp of approval to the declaration alongside the 585-page withdrawal agreement setting out the terms of the UK's departure.

Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn branded the agreement "half-baked" - and said his party could negotiate a better one - while Conservative Andrew Rosindell urged May to ditch the plan and remove "the tentacles of the European Union over our cherished island nation".

Many observers have said it is unlikely the British Parliament will vote in favor of the Brexit 585-page deal British Prime Minister Theresa May presented last week leaving open the question of how a no-deal Brexit would affect both the United Kingdom and the EU.

"It is not a ideal text, but it is a good text - negotiated under an extremely hard context - and, most of all, it is infinitely better than no text at all", the top diplomat emphasized.

But May has so far failed to convince a sizeable chunk of her own party to vote for the deal with it comes to the Commons.

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At home, May is under intense pressure from pro-Brexit and pro-EU British lawmakers, with large numbers on both sides of the debate opposing the divorce deal.

The sovereignty of Gibraltar, which lies at the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula below Spain, has always been a point of contention between London and Madrid.

Madrid wants a veto over applying any agreement on post-transition relations to Gibraltar but Ms May told MPs that Britain "will not exclude Gibraltar from our negotiations on the future relationship".

"I will do everything possible to get an exit agreement", she said. Anti-Europe Conservatives have savaged the divorce deal, which they say keeps Britain too close to the EU. Britain officially leaves the 28-nation European Union - the first country to ever do so - on March 29.

Specific proposals are also included over the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland to ensure a future so-called backstop arrangement is not needed by either Britain or the EU.

"I regret to say that a pro-European government like Spain's would vote no to Brexit unless there are changes" to the terms of the agreement concerning Gibraltar, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said.

In the past week, the DUP has abstained on a series of votes on the Finance Bill that enacts the budget, breaching the confidence and supply agreement with the Tories and putting crucial Government business at risk of defeat.

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