BREXIT LIVE: EU leaders head to crunch summit in Brussels as Tory mutiny mounts in London

Posted on Nov 25 2018 - 11:42am by admin

All leaders of the 27 nations remaining in the bloc after Britain’s exit will vote on the agreement this morning, with EU president Donald Tusk recommending they pass it through. The last remaining stumbling block, Spain, was cleared last night when Madrid agreed to a clarification over the status of Gibraltar and trade post-Brexit. But while Mrs May looks like getting the boost she needs from Brussels, mutiny is brewing in London.

Senior ministers in a so-called “new gang of five” are threatening the PM by demanding her to being talks for a Plan B.

Previously Mrs May has refused to consider anything but her current proposal to Brussels.

And Brussels has remained firm that there will be no renogiation.

This stance has been backed by Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel. Parliament is due to vote on the deal, if approved by the EU, next month.

See below for live updates:

7.51am update: Varadkar confident Europe will approve Brexit deal

Ireland’s premier has said issues remain to be ironed out with the Brexit withdrawal agreement but he is confident that Europe will give it the green-light.

Leo Varadkar described the draft deal as “the next best thing” to the UK staying in the European Union.

Mr Varadkar said it protected Ireland’s interests and gave people and businesses much needed certainty.

He added that there was “no other deal on the table”.

7.30am update: EU stands firm on current deal

Express.co.uk’s Brussels correspondent Joe Barnes has been speaking to key players in Brussels, who have declared the current deal is the only deal.

An EU diplomat said: “The deal is the deal, it is not going to change.

“What can Olly Robbins and Sabine Weyand if they have to sit down on the withdrawal agreement again? 

“How can you make changes given each other’s parameters.”

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