European Union leaders 'endorsed' Brexit deal with Britain - Tusk

May defends draft Brexit deal

May defends draft Brexit deal

If May can will Brexit's way through Parliament, Sunday's vote theoretically eliminates the full blown disaster of a no-deal Brexit - a result which would have caused, at best, a chaotic political crisis for all involved, but particularly for the U.K. If she and the remaining Brexit backers fail to get the deal through Parliament, and a new agreement is not reached with the European Union, there will be either a messy automatic no-deal Brexit, a new U.K. general election, or another nationwide referendum - all of which would have enormous political and economic consequences.

On Sunday, EU leaders approved May's withdrawal agreement with the bloc and urged the British public and politicians to back her Brexit deal.

More disconcerting for Mayt is a growing and more vocal chorus of resentment from her own Conservative Party, whose MP Mark Francois said her deal was "as dead as a Dodo".

For once, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May was in complete agreement.

Meanwhile, Downing Street chief of staff Gavin Barwell and effective deputy prime minister David Lidington have invited opposition MPs to a briefing on the agreement.

But it's now the job of all of us in Cabinet to make the case to our colleagues, make the case to the country.

"There is no Plan B", said Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

She said: "I do not pretend that either we or the European Union are entirely happy with these arrangements".

"Those who think that, by rejecting the deal, they would get a better deal, will be disappointed", European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told reporters after the 27 other EU leaders formally endorsed a treaty setting terms for British withdrawal in March and an outline of a future EU-UK trade pact.

"I am totally convinced this is the only deal possible", he said.

A second referendum could occur. "This is the deal".

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Mrs. May's political spokesman said on Monday that the PM is confident of winning the parliament's vote on her Brexit deal, adding that the government was focused on winning the vote at the first attempt.

Mrs May's spokesman declined to confirm or deny reports that Number 10 is considering a possible TV debate with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

"For the good of the nation, the House has very little choice but to reject this deal", he said.

During the news conference, the prime minister said it would protect the constitutionality integrity of the United Kingdom. We can back this deal, deliver on the vote of the referendum and move on to building a brighter future of opportunity and prosperity for all our people.

"I will take this deal back to the House of Commons, confident we have achieved the best deal available and full of optimism about the future of our country. It would open the door to more division and more uncertainty, with all the risks that will entail".

Sir Michael, speaking out for the first time against the deal, said: "Paying, leaving, surrendering our vote and our veto without any firm commitment to frictionless trade or the absolute right to dismantle external tariffs".

And a senior Labour lawmaker Tony Lloyd said there was a "coalition of the willing" in the Parliament ready to reject May's deal and support a softer Brexit.

"We are a satellite state - a memento mori fixed on the walls of Brussels as a ghastly gaping warning to all who try to escape".

It's likely she'll also be trying to persuade MPs of other parties, like the SNP and the Liberal Democrats, though she probably won't be picking up support there.

Iain Duncan Smith, a former Conservative leader, said he would continue to oppose the deal because it "cedes huge amounts of power" to the European Union.

"The tragedy is that it is all so utterly unnecessary".

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