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EU approves Brexit deal, British Parliament approval remains uncertain

Nov. 25, 2018 3:29 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 27, 2018 3:22 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- 27 European leaders signed off on their split from Britain, in Brussels, on Sunday, approving an 26-page agreement that sets the terms of their “divorce” after more than two years since announcing Brexit.

The agreement will now pass to the British Parliament for an approval vote, whose outcome remains uncertain, and the plan could be rejected yet again before Britain officially exits the European Union, with or without a deal, on March 29th.

According to some EU leaders, the agreement was a “tragedy.”

The agreement, which was unanimously approved by the remaining 27 EU leaders, would leave Britain in legal limbo, meaning it is obligated to follow the majority of the EU regulations, however, will no longer be a member.

The “legal limbo” would last until the end of 2020, until the EU and Britain would further negotiate on future terms, such as trade, customs inspections, tariffs, fisheries rights, and the ability of citizens to visit and live in the other’s territory.

The terms of the agreement include that Britain will face a $50 billion bill to pay its financial commitments. However, Britain would be no longer obligated to allow EU citizens to live and work within its borders, which British Prime Minister, Theresa May, considered as a “major win.”

According to the British news outlets, about 90 lawmakers of May's Conservative Party announced that they plan to vote against it, alongside members of the opposition Labour Party.

Regarding the announcement of the lawmakers, BBC radio asked May if there was an alternative plan, in the event that the agreement is rejected, to which she answered with a solid “no,” and added “I don’t think they’re (EU) going to come to us and say, ‘We’ll give you a better deal.’”

The agreement seeks to avoid a hard border between the Republic of Ireland, which is remaining in the EU, and Northern Ireland, which will exit the EU.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said that the agreement was “the best possible” outcome, adding “I do think that the British parliament, because this is a wise parliament, will ratify this deal.”
Juncker stressed, “Leaving the EU is not a moment for jubilation but a moment of deep sadness, and we make everything possible in order to have this divorce being as smooth as possible. But there are no smooth divorces."
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