Brexit news: Latest as Brexit deal goes to EU summit vote – Brexit deal summary LIVE

Posted on Nov 25 2018 - 10:36pm by admin

European Council President Donald Tusk has recommended the deal is signed off by all the remaining 27 EU member states at a summit in Brussels tomorrow. Ahead of the meeting, Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez confirmed that a deal has been reached with the EU and UK over Gibraltar today. Earlier in the week, Madrid had been concerned about being excluded from any future decisions on Gibraltar. 

However, Mr Sanchez confirmed future negotiations on Gibraltar would be made with Spain’s help, even though Britain has been in charge of the area since 1713.

Mr Sanchez said: “We have reached an agreement on Gibraltar.

“We have received sufficient guarantees to be able to reach a solution to a conflict that has lasted more than 300 years between the United Kingdom and Spain.”

Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson made a speech at the DUP annual conference in Belfast this afternoon, where he warned the UK was on the verge of making “a historic mistake” with the deal.

He said Britain should ditch the idea of an irish backstop, as well as refuse to pay the £39billion EU divorce bill.

He said: “It is very important that we show we are negotiating with confidence and conviction and have a new secretary of state with powers across Whitehall to make things happen and get this country ready if we have to go out on World Trade Organisation terms.”

Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster also gave a speech at her party’s conference, where she called for a different deal and to secure a “better outcome” than the current draft Withdrawal Agreement provides.

Mrs Foster said: “We stand at a crucial moment in the affairs of our nation.

“We are not campaigning for a no-deal exit nor do we want barriers to trade between Northern Ireland and our neighbours in the Republic. The choice is not between this deal and no deal, despite what the Government spin machine may say.

“The reality is that if we are to secure a better outcome than is currently on offer, then the only option is to look beyond this current draft withdrawal agreement and work in the time ahead for an improved outcome.”

Theresa May has met European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker before a meeting with European Council President Mr Tusk.

Between meetings Mrs May gave a defiant tone over Gibraltar.

She told reporters: “We will always negotiate on behalf of the whole UK family, including Gibraltar.

“We have worked through the withdrawal issues for Gibraltar in a constructive and sensible way.

“We have ensured that Gibraltar is covered by the whole agreement and by the implementation period.”

What is the current Brexit deal?

The 585-page draft covers the issue of keeping an open border on Ireland if the UK leaves the EU with securing a trade deal. The “backstop” solution would prevent physical border checks taking place, but both sides are hoping this safety net will not be needed.

This would result in Britain still following EU rules and standards, as well as a common external tariff rate.

Northern Ireland would remain in a much deeper customs arrangement from the rest of Great Britain and would be signed up to a number of EU single market rules and regulations on goods.

The deal also mentions EU citizens living in Britain, along with British people living in EU countries, will still have the rights to live and work.

Britain will also agree to cover contributions to staff pensions and commitments to EU programmes that the UK made while part of the union for the funding period which will run to 2020.

This bill is estimated to be around £39 billion.

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