Theresa May says cabinet agreed to draft Brexit deal

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May is facing pressure from the EU as well as her own party. — Reuters pic

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May is facing pressure from the EU as well as her own party. — Reuters pic

The meeting in the Commons was the first opportunity for MPs to question the Prime Minister on her Brexit deal, which was agreed with Brussels yesterday.

Brexit will pitch the world's fifth largest economy into the unknown and many fear it will serve to divide the West as it grapples with both the unconventional presidency of Donald Trump and growing assertiveness from Russian Federation and China.

A senior European Union official confirmed that a draft text had been agreed.

He said he spoke to EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and British officials overnight and wants "to warmly congratulate them on their negotiating success".

May, who initially supported staying in the European Union, took over as prime minister when fellow Remainer David Cameron stepped down after the result of the 2016 Brexit referendum.

And getting the deal through the United Kingdom parliament, which has been promised a "meaningful vote" on it, is expected to be an even tougher as many MPs and groups expressed on Wednesday their dismay at the details of the deal that had leaked out. She faces a deeply divided government, party, parliament and country.

Corbyn hit back at May during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons and said the deal is not economically sound and does not support jobs and industry.

Former Foreign Secretary William Hague warned "ardent Brexiteers" that if they shoot down May's deal, it could lead to a change of government and a new referendum and "Brexit might never happen at all".

Writing for The Sun, Ms Hoey said: "The hypocrisy is breathtaking because his government has already erected a hard border against fishermen from Northern Ireland".

Bengals hire Hue Jackson as special assistant to Marvin Lewis
Jackson will be "in Cincinnati imminently" to join the Bengals' staff, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport . Things appeared to have changed this week after Austin's departure and Lewis took on additional duties.

"It is vassal state stuff", Johnson said, adding that he would vote against such an unacceptable accord.

"We will not rerun the referendum, we will not renege on the decision of the British people", she said.

Britain and the European Union agree that there must be no barriers that could disrupt businesses and residents on either side of the border and undermine Northern Ireland's hard-won peace process.

The British government supplied no immediate details on the Brexit deal text, which runs to hundreds of pages.

A leaked diplomatic note from Sabine Weyand, the EU's deputy chief Brexit negotiator, said the customs union - which May had promised the United Kingdom would leave - would be "the basis of the future relationship".

The Northern Irish DUP party is particularly incensed by elements of the deal that would mean they had different trade and customs rules to the rest of the country, which they say would "break up the UK".

It would include a review mechanism to bridge between European Union demands that the insurance policy is permanently available and Britain's request to avoid being held in a customs alliance with the bloc perpetually.

Varadkar says Irish lawmakers will also get a vote on the draft deal.

Recommended News

  • Nintendo Black Friday deals include Switch and 2DS bundles

    Nintendo Black Friday deals include Switch and 2DS bundles

    Nintendo is gearing up for Black Friday 2018 with a pair of hardware bundles to help deliver cheer this holiday season. If you do opt to pick up the Switch bundle, you can accessorize it with a set of two white Joy-Con Wheels for $14.99.
    Rory McIlroy May Forfeit European Tour Membership In 2019

    Rory McIlroy May Forfeit European Tour Membership In 2019

    Regardless of how the PGA Tour schedule plays out, it would be a big blow to the European Tour to lose McIlroy as a member. What is the total prize fund of the 2018 DP World Tour Championship? .
    Kyle Busch ties Harvick with 8 wins, championship field set

    Kyle Busch ties Harvick with 8 wins, championship field set

    Racing in a knot of cars off Turn 2, Busch was forced wide, and Denny Hamlin knocked Busch's No. 41 Ford into the outside wall. Busch led the next 52 laps before crew chief Billy Scott called him to pit road under caution on Lap 135.
  • California Wildfire Death Toll Reaches 31

    California Wildfire Death Toll Reaches 31

    These forensics experts won't have the access they need ahead of CalFire and Forest Service officials on the ground now, he said. But it's what is inside the house. "And that's what hurts, those kinds of things hurt because you can't replace that".
    Microsoft Re-releasing Windows 10 October Update (1809) Today

    Microsoft Re-releasing Windows 10 October Update (1809) Today

    The update fixes just one vulnerability in Flash, but I'm sure most of us would rather Flash died off completely already. The company also pushed cumulative updates to all the older versions of the operating system, including version 1809.
    A's and Braves skippers win Manager of the Year Award

    A's and Braves skippers win Manager of the Year Award

    Cora finished second with seven first-place votes and 79 points, and Cash was third with five first-place votes and 57 points. He was managing at Triple-A Gwinnett when took over Atlanta in May 2016 after Fredi Gonzalez was sacked for a 9-28 start.
  • England will play opening match of 2021 Rugby League World Cup

    England will play opening match of 2021 Rugby League World Cup

    He said: "This is a significant and exciting day for the Challenge Cup, and the game's relationship with Wembley Stadium". That certainly came out in the bid.
    BMW reveals 374hp M340i ahead of LA show

    BMW reveals 374hp M340i ahead of LA show

    Since the M340i sits among the regular model line-up, it does without muscle flexing features like flared arches. BMW revealed the all-new G20 3 Series at the 2018 Paris Motor Show just a few weeks back.
    Jose Mourinho ready to sell pair to fund Man United signing

    Jose Mourinho ready to sell pair to fund Man United signing

    He was deemed surplus to requirements by Mourinho previous year and allowed to join Real Sociedad after a loan spell at Sunderland.
  • Apple’s T2 chip will block some third-party repairs of new devices

    Apple’s T2 chip will block some third-party repairs of new devices

    So it makes sense that Apple is preventing unauthorized shops from replacing critical parts. This feels more like Apple trying to maintain a stranglehold on Mac repairs.
    Nebraska company aids Florida recount efforts

    Nebraska company aids Florida recount efforts

    Scott has also called for a Florida Department of Law Enforcement Investigation into Broward's handling of ballots. Nelson attorney Marc Elias argued that ballots should be counted as long as they were postmarked by November 6.
    Aston Martin's first SUV in action - New DBX goes off-road

    Aston Martin's first SUV in action - New DBX goes off-road

    DBX is scheduled to be unveiled in the last quarter of 2019 and will be built at Aston Martin Lagonda's St Athan facility. However, it's likely an EV variant will follow after the initial launch.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.