Brexit: European Union endorses the United Kingdom’s withdrawal agreement

Brexit: European Union endorses the United Kingdom’s withdrawal agreement

On Sunday, the 27 other members of the European Union gave the green light to Prime Minister Theresa May's deal to seal Britain's divorce from the bloc.

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker warned that there would be no more negotiation if MPs vote down the agreement, telling the BBC: "This is the best deal for Britain. and this is the only deal possible, so if the House says no, we would have no deal".

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".

Rejection by Parliament would plunge Britain into a political crisis just weeks before it is due to leave the European Union on March 29.

"Our key finding is that if the Government's proposed Brexit deal is implemented so that the United Kingdom leaves the EU Customs Union and Single Market in 2021, then by 2030 GDP will be around four per cent lower than it would have been had the United Kingdom stayed in the EU", the report said.

He added: "We must now make an appeal before the European Court of Justice and Harry Shindler wants to carry on".

The EU has also been clear - there is very little appetite to reopen the Brexit negotiations if parliament votes it down.

"Nobody really even knows what it means, it's just a threat that's being used by the extreme Brexiteers, and unfortunately some others, to say you've got to accept a really bad deal, and we don't have to", she said.

EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier remains available for talks around the clock, the European Commission have confirmed despite claiming the deal on offer can not be changed.

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"They want a good deal done that fulfils the vote and allows us to come together again as a country".

"Those who think by rejecting the deal that they would have a better deal will be disappointed in the first seconds after the rejection of this deal".

Following her address to the Commons, Mrs May was due to host a meeting at 10 Downing Street of more than 100 investors and employers from sectors including manufacturing, retail, food and drink and financial services to discuss the Brexit plan.

Parliament will vote on the deal on December 11 after a total of five days of debate, May's office said.

The size of her task was laid bare in the Commons on Monday afternoon where May underwent yet another gruelling session at the despatch box as Conservative MPs tore into the Brexit deal. Back at home, she faces strong opposition to her Brexit deal, which she claims is the best available.

In an open letter to the British public published Sunday, May promised to campaign "with my heart and soul to win that vote and to deliver this Brexit deal".

For those in favour of a definitive Brexit, the deal fails to deliver on a clean break with the European project.

Mrs May's official spokesman told reporters: "The Prime Minister's colleagues today congratulated her and thanked her for all her hard work in securing this deal". He said May's withdrawal deal surrenders too much power to Brussels.

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