EU leaders have favored the UK’s withdrawal arrangement from the European Union.
The 27 leaders had given the deal their support after less than an hour’s conversation in Brussels on 25th November, 2018. The conclusion was settled by consensus rather than proper vote.
Though, the deal still requires endorsement from the UK Parliament, which is likely to vote on the deal headed for the beginning of December. Support from Parliament is by no means certain, as many Labour, Lib Dem, SNP, DUP and Conservative MPs are thought to vote in contradiction of the deal.
Prime Minister Theresa May has pled the public to get behind the arrangement, disagreeing it is the best deal she could have arranged and honours the outcome of the Brexit referendum.
The UK is planned to leave the EU on 29 March 2019.
According to the BBC, the EU leaders agreed the two key Brexit documents – the 585-page EU withdrawal agreement (which is a lawfully binding document that puts out the terms of the UK’s departure from the EU) and the political assertion (which sets out what the association between the UK and the EU would be like after Brexit).
On 24th November, 2018 UK Prime Minister Theresa May delivered an open letter to the country, begging them to back her Brexit deal.
She penned: “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’.
“It will honour the result of the referendum.
“We will take back control of our borders, by putting an end to the free movement of people once and for all.”
May persisted: “On 29 March next year, the United Kingdom will leave the European Union.
“We will then begin a new chapter in our national life. I want that to be a moment of renewal and reconciliation for our whole country.
“It must mark the point when we put aside the labels of ‘Leave’ and ‘Remain’ for good and we come together again as one people.
“To do that we need to get on with Brexit now by getting behind this deal.
“Parliament will have the chance to do that in a few weeks’ time when it has a meaningful vote on the deal I hope to strike today.
“I will be campaigning with my heart and soul to win that vote and to deliver this Brexit deal, for the good of our United Kingdom and all of our people.”