EU and UK Agree on a Deal. Will Parliament too?
This morning the EU and the UK have agreed on a new deal. A period of long and hard negotiations has come to an end. If it is up to Juncker and Johnson, the UK will leave the EU on October 31st based on this deal.
We’ve got a great new deal that takes back control — now Parliament should get Brexit done on Saturday so we can move on to other priorities like the cost of living, the NHS, violent crime and our environment #GetBrexitDone #TakeBackControl
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) October 17, 2019
🇪🇺🤝🇬🇧 Where there is a will, there is a #deal – we have one! It’s a fair and balanced agreement for the EU and the UK and it is testament to our commitment to find solutions. I recommend that #EUCO endorses this deal. pic.twitter.com/7AfKyCZ6k9
— Jean-Claude Juncker (@JunckerEU) October 17, 2019
Hold Your Boat! We Are Not There Yet!
There is however one big hurdle that still needs to be taken and that is getting the approval from the Members of Parliament in London. There is already one party against the deal. The DUP has announced they are against the new proposal, because of what it means for the border situation between Ireland, Northern Ireland and England:
We have been involved in ongoing discussions with the government.
As things stand, we could not support what is being suggested on customs and consent issues and there is a lack of clarity on VAT.
We will continue to work with the government to try and get a sensible deal that works for Northern Ireland and protects the economic and constitutional integrity of the United Kingdom.
Sources are saying that even if a deal is agreed on, it is a huge challenge to get everything before November 1st. For now, getting it through Parliament is top priority:
— Robert Peston (@Peston) October 17, 2019
Parliament will vote this Saturday. It will be an interesting weekend!