LONDON – United Kingdom and the European Union announced Thursday that they have agreed on a new Brexit divorce agreement. This may be a major breakthrough before Britain leaves the block on October 31st.
However, the treaty still has to be ratified by European leaders and legislators in the British Parliament.
Obtaining support from British lawmakers appears to Prime a particularly daunting task Minister Boris Johnson making his deal on Saturday in the House of Commons a rare one Weekend voting will undergo.
The Democratic Unionist Party – a Northern Irish group that has allied with Johnson's Conservatives – told NBC Ne ws on Thursday that they would not support the plan in its current form.
"From today's perspective, we could not support what is being proposed," said a DUP statement before the deal, citing disagreements over trade, taxes and their ability to reject certain parts of the agreement. After the announcement, a spokesman said, "Our statement will be available this morning."
The loss of support for the DUP will make it even harder to get the deal through Parliament.
Johnson needs the support of the DUP because his conservative party does not have enough parliamentary seats to govern alone. Now he may have to turn to moderate conservatives – some of whom have been expelled from the party because of their rejection of the Brexit strategy – and even members of the opposition Labor Party.
Previously, however, the deal must still be approved by the government a European Council summit – in which the heads of state and government of each EU participating Member State – which begins in Brussels, Belgium, later on Thursday.
The possible breakthrough came after negotiators from Britain and Europe had gone into talks in the imposing, modernist Berlaymont building in Brussels.
] Both sides hope that the deal, which was unlikely just a few days ago, will break the deadlock that has paralyzed British policy since the country's EU exit in a referendum in June 2016.
Johnson has his leadership pledged to leave the EU. for the current reporting date October 31 with or without a deal.
However, the rebel legislators passed a law that forced him to request an extension if no deal had been agreed by next Saturday to prevent a "no deal brexit." This could have disastrous consequences for the country.
At this week's parliamentary session, the prime minister will likely have to convince some of his opponents that his Brexit plan is better than the alternatives: delaying the process further, there is a danger that it will collapse. The Prime Minister already has a number suffered defeats in parliament and saw his efforts to shut down the union to enforce his tough Brexit plans, which were declared illegal by the US government The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.
His predecessor Theresa May failed three times Gain support for an agreement that it had agreed with the EU, and t rat back this year.