European Union 'closer' to agreement with Spain over Brexit

European Union 'closer' to agreement with Spain over Brexit

The deal now needs to be given the go-ahead by politicians here in the UK. "If anyone thinks in the United Kingdom that by voting No something better would come out of it, they are wrong".

Nigel Dodds told the conference in Belfast her proposed Brexit agreement reached with the European Union would leave the a "pitiful and pathetic place".

"It will be a deal that is in our national interest - one that works for our whole country and all of our people, whether you voted "Leave" or 'Remain, "' she said.

Labour, the Liberal Democrats, the SNP and the DUP have all said they will vote against the government's deal, as well as many Conservatives.

She said Britain's departure from the European Union "must mark the point when we put aside the labels of "Leave" and "Remain" for good and we come together again as one people".

"The DUP wants a deal with the European Union, we understand that businesses, families and communities want certainty", he said.

Meanwhile, former UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said the UK would become a "satellite state" under the deal.

It comes after Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez received assurances from the United Kingdom government over Gibraltar, and dropped his threat to boycott the summit, BBC reported on Saturday.

Despite the increasingly bleak prospects for her deal passing the House of Commons next month, in what she called "one of the most significant votes for many years", May struck a defiant note. Its final hurdle will be votes in the United Kingdom and European parliaments.

"We have committed to something in a very hard situation and I think that Theresa May, as British prime minister, will do everything she can to play her part and so we are concentrating on completing the course we have set ourselves on".

The diplomatic spat which threatened to derail the Brexit process was resolved after a clarification about the legal position and emergency talks involving Mr Sanchez, European Council president Donald Tusk and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker.

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The Europeans want to secure the same access to fishing waters around Britain that they now enjoy, and have tried to tie the issue to a future trade deal with it.

Britain remains deeply divided over the decision, but the prime minister said that finally leaving could be "a moment of renewal and reconciliation".

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite spoke of several scenarios if parliament blocks the package: that Britons would hold a second referendum; hold a new election to replace May or return to Brussels to try and renegotiate the package.

"It is a deal for a brighter future, which enables us to seize the opportunities that lie ahead", she said.

"Let's pave the way towards a close post-Brexit relationship", he said.

"The British people don't want to spend any more time arguing over Brexit", she said. I don't think there is anything more now.

"We have worked through the withdrawal issues for Gibraltar in a constructive and sensible way", she said.

Brexiteers believe it is highly unlikely that the European Union will, in fact, negotiate a mutually beneficial trade agreement during the transition, as either extending it or resorting to the backstop - which Britain is not allowed to leave without the EU's permission - are already so lopsided in its favour.

Under EU rules, the withdrawal treaty is adopted by qualified majority and not unanimity, so a single state can not block it. EU leaders, however, seek unity on this most politically sensitive matter.

Rosa Prince, author of Theresa May: The Enigmatic Prime Minister, said May's uncompromising style has not always gone down well in Westminster but the public has come to admire it.

In her conference speech, DUP leader Arlene Foster said: "The reality is that if we are to secure a better outcome than is now on offer, then the only option is to look beyond this current draft withdrawal agreement and work in the time ahead for an improved outcome".

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