Brexit clock ticks: Three weeks to win over the public and parliament

Brexit clock ticks: Three weeks to win over the public and parliament

Earlier today it was revealed that Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez would back a divorce deal after the European Union and Britain agreed to give Spain a say in the future of the disputed territory.

Mr Picardo was reacting to Mr Sanchez' statement after news that a last-minute agreement had been reached to defuse the Brexit row over Gibraltar ahead of a crucial European Union summit on Sunday to rubber-stamp the draft Withdrawal Agreement. "It is tragic that Great Britain leaves the European Union after 45 years but we have to respect the vote of the British people and, based on this, it is good that we agreed on a withdrawal agreement and a political declaration about future ties with Great Britain".

The nearly 800-word message is an attempt to speak directly to the public to build support for her deal, which faces widespread opposition at Westminster including from both wings of her Conservative Party and the Democratic Unionist Party which props up her administration.

He dismissed Mr Sanchez' boast that Spain now had a "triple guarantee" in respect of Gibraltar and sovereignty.

"EU27 has endorsed the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration on the future EU-UK relations", Tusk said via his official Twitter feed, less than an hour after the beginning of the EU leaders summit in Brussels.

Controversially, the withdrawal agreement makes provision for this transition to be extended for a further two years if a future relationship is not finalised, or for the United Kingdom and the EU to fall back on a divisive "backstop" arrangement in which the United Kingdom would sign up to an EU-regulated "single customs territory" which largely duplicates the EU Customs Union.

She will tell May that the draft agreement "fails her own key commitments" but will hold off on withdrawing the party's support for her, according to the extracts.

She praised the deal struck "in an extremely hard situation, in a situation without any precedence because we haven't had it before that a European country leaves the EU".

The backstop "will put Northern Ireland under swathes of European Union laws with no say for anyone in Belfast or London (and create) a trade border down the Irish Sea", deputy DUP leader Nigel Dodds told the conference.

The terms of the UK's withdrawal have been under negotiation since June 2016 following a referendum, in which 52 percent voted for Brexit.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, right, greets British Prime Minister Theresa May at EU headquarters in Brussels, Nov. 24, 2018.

Gibraltar deal clears way for Sunday Brexit summit
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And French president Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday that Brexit was turning out to be "more expensive and more painful" than predicted.

Former British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has slammed the proposed Brexit deal and urged the Democratic Unionist Party not to abandon the Conservative Party.

They will also rubber stamp a 26-page document laying out their hopes for future relations after Britain leaves at midnight on March 29.

"There's a danger we end up through this transition deal of losing Gibraltar and Northern Ireland", he said.

The European Commission chief warned the United Kingdom parliament it should not count on any renegotiation ahead of Britain's departure in March, as European Union leaders on Sunday approved a landmark agreement on Britain's exit.

That was the year when Spain ceded Gibraltar under the Treaty of Utrecht to Britain, which had occupied the territory during the War of Spanish Succession.

"I think we managed to make a diplomatic piece of art", she said.

Despite the increasingly bleak prospects for her deal passing the House of Commons next month, in what she called "one of the most significant votes for many years", May struck a defiant note.

Spain, which had threatened to boycott the Brussels summit, made a decision to attend the summit in Brussels after a disagreement over Gibraltar was resolved on Saturday.

He said: 'Europe and the United Kingdom have accepted the conditions imposed by Spain. Asked for her preference, she said only: "We would like to see everything settled as soon as possible".

European Council president Donald Tusk said on Sunday morning that an agreement had been reached.

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