Amid criticism of the deal from lawmakers on all sides of Britains EU debate, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said the U.K. couldnt hope to negotiate better terms before its departure in March.
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I am totally convinced this is the only deal possible, he said. Those who think that by rejecting the deal that they would have a better deal will be disappointed the first seconds after the rejection.
This is the deal that is on the table, she said. It is the best possible deal. It is the only deal.
But to British critics, the proposals represent the worst of all worlds, a Britain that is neither in, nor fully out, of the European Union. If negotiations fail to produce a good outcome, they fear that Britain could be trapped in Europe’s orbit, obliged to obey rules for years to come without the ability to shape them or cut its own trade deals around the globe.
Now that the EU has approved it, Ms. May must sell the deal to British parliamentarians – a huge task considering the intense opposition from pro-Brexit and pro-EU lawmakers alike.
Ms. May said Parliament would get a vote before Christmas, and argued lawmakers had a duty to deliver Brexit as voters decided in a 2016 referendum.
The British people dont want to spend any more time arguing about Brexit, she said. They want a good deal done that fulfills the vote and allows us to come together again as a country.
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The last big obstacle to a deal was overcome on Saturday, when Spain lifted its objections over the disputed British territory of Gibraltar. It took EU leaders a matter of minutes at Sundays summit in Brussels to endorse a withdrawal agreement that settles Britains divorce bill, protects the rights of U.K. and EU citizens hit by Brexit and keeps the Irish border open. They also backed a 26-page document laying out their aims for future relations after Britain leaves on March 29.
At a bittersweet meeting, EU leaders expressed sadness at the departure of Britain, the first country ever to leave the bloc.
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A country leaving the EU doesnt give rise to the raising of champagne glasses or applause, Mr. Juncker said. It is a sad day and everybody who spoke today during the European Council attempted to express their sadness.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her feelings were ambivalent, with sadness but on the other hand also some kind of relief that we made it to this point.
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I recognize some European leaders are sad at this moment, but also some people back at home in the U.K. will be sad at this moment, she told reporters.
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Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the deal – the product of a year and a half of often grueling negotiations between Britain and the EU – was regrettable, but acceptable.
Mr Macron said he would only approve a full trade deal with the UK after Brexit if France keeps its current access to UK waters in defiance of promises to fishermen (pictured) after the referendum
I believe that nobody is winning. We are all losing because of the U.K. leaving, Mr. Rutte said. But given that context, this is a balanced outcome with no political winners.
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The deal must still be ratified by the European Parliament, something that its president, Antonio Tajani, said would likely take place early in 2019.
It is no surprise some are already trying to lay down markers again for the future relationship, but they should be getting used to the answer by now: it is not going to happen.
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Ms. May is under intense pressure from pro-Brexit and pro-EU British legislators, with large numbers on both sides of the debate opposing the divorce deal and threatening to vote it down. Brexiteers think it will leave the U.K. tied too closely to EU rules, while pro-Europeans say it will erect new barriers between Britain and the bloc – its neighbour and biggest trading partner.
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Pro-Brexit Conservative lawmaker Iain Duncan Smith said Sunday that Ms. May should demand new conditions from the EU. He said the deal as it stands has ceded too much control to Brussels.
Ms. May insists her deal delivers on the things that matter most to pro-Brexit voters – control of budgets, immigration policy and laws – while retaining close ties to the U.K.s European neighbours.
In a letter to the nation released Sunday, Ms. May said she would 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.
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Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said he thought Ms. Mays chances of getting the agreement through Parliament were strong.
He said British lawmakers would see that the alternative is a no-deal, cliff-edge Brexit, which is something of course that we all want to avoid.
She is sending in her trusted lieutenants Cabinet minster David Lidington and chief of staff Gavin Barwell to schmooze Labour MPs at a private briefing tonight.
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After months of hesitation, stop-and-start negotiations and resignations, Britain and the European Union finally sealed an agreement governing the U.K.'s departure from the bloc next year.
British Prime Minister Theresa May must now sell the deal to her divided Parliament — a huge task considering the intense opposition from pro-Brexit and pro-EU lawmakers alike — to ensure Britain can leave with a minimum of upheaval on March 29.
It's a hard sell. The agreement leaves Britain outside the EU with no say but still subject to its rules and the obligations of membership at least until the end of 2020, possibly longer. Britons voted to leave in June 2016, largely over concerns about immigration and losing sovereignty to Brussels.
"I am totally convinced this is the only deal possible," European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said. "Those who think that by rejecting the deal that they would have a better deal will be disappointed the first seconds after the rejection."
"This is the deal that is on the table," she said. "It is the best possible deal. It is the only deal."
It is a very significant political achievement. It places us in a position of strength, Mr Sánchez said. The idea of the government of Spain is to solve once and for all…
Acknowledging the vast political and economic consequences of Brexit, May promised lawmakers their say before Christmas and said that it "will be one of the most significant votes that Parliament has held for many years."
"The British people don't want to spend any more time arguing about Brexit," she said. "They want a good deal done that fulfils the vote and allows us to come together again as a country."
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Not all agree. Main opposition Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn called the deal "the result of a miserable failure of negotiation that leaves us with the worst of all worlds," and said his party would oppose it. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, whose Scottish National Party is the third-largest in Parliament, said lawmakers "should reject it and back a better alternative."
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Pro-Brexit former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith said May should insist on new terms because the deal "has ceded too much control" to Brussels.
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On the EU side, the last big obstacle to a deal with Britain was overcome Saturday when Spain lifted its objections over the disputed British territory of Gibraltar.
So it took EU leaders only a matter of minutes at Sunday's summit in Brussels to endorse the withdrawal agreement that settles Britain's divorce bill, protects the rights of U.K. and EU citizens hit by Brexit and keeps the Irish border open. They also backed a 26-page document laying out their aims for relations after Brexit.
Still, the event was tinged with sadness on the European side at Britain's departure, the first time a country will leave the 28-nation bloc.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her feelings were "ambivalent, with sadness, but on the other hand, also some kind of relief that we made it to this point."
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Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the deal — the product of a year and a half of often-gruelling negotiations — was regrettable but acceptable.
"I believe that nobody is winning. We are all losing because of the U.K. leaving," Rutte said. "But given that context, this is a balanced outcome with no political winners."
May said she wasn't sad, because Britain and the EU would remain "friends and neighbours."
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"I recognize some European leaders are sad at this moment, but also some people back at home in the U.K. will be sad at this moment," she told reporters, but insisted that she was "full of optimism" about Britain's future.
The European Parliament, meanwhile, will be in full campaign mode a few months ahead of the EU elections when Europe's lawmakers sit to endorse the agreement, probably in February, but perhaps as late as March, according to the assembly's president, Antonio Tajani.
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Many predict it will fail in the British Parliament. No one can be sure whether that would lead to the fall of the government, a new referendum, a postponement of Brexit or a chaotic "no deal" exit for Britain.
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But Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said he thought May's chances of getting the agreement through Parliament were strong.
He said British lawmakers would see that "the alternative is a no deal, cliff-edge Brexit, which is something of course that we all want to avoid."
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