Britain and the European Union (EU) have agreed on a long-awaited Brexit deal just a few hours before a meeting of the bloc’s leaders in Brussels.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker made the announcement in a statement on Thursday, saying that the deal on Britain’s withdrawal from the EU was a “fair and balanced agreement.”
🇪🇺🤝🇬🇧 Where there is a will, there is a #deal – we have one! It’s a fair and balanced agreement for the EU and the UK and it is testament to our commitment to find solutions. I recommend that #EUCO endorses this deal. pic.twitter.com/7AfKyCZ6k9
— Jean-Claude Juncker (@JunckerEU) October 17, 2019
Juncker said he would recommend that the leaders of the other 27 member states approve the deal, adding it was “high time” to complete the divorce process and move on as swiftly as possible to negotiations of the EU’s future partnership with Britain.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also confirmed that the two sides had agreed on a “great” new Brexit deal, which would still need the approval of both the UK and European parliaments.
“We’ve got a great new deal that takes back control,” Johnson said in a tweet. “Now parliament should get Brexit done on Saturday so we can move on to other priorities like the cost of living, the NHS, violent crime and our environment.”
British lawmakers are set to vote on the agreement during a special sitting of the House of Commons on Saturday.
London and Brussels have been racing to renegotiate the Withdrawal Agreement before the October 31-deadline.
If Johnson fails to win parliamentary support for the deal by Saturday, he must write to the EU and ask for a Brexit extension until January 31, 2020.
The British premier has formerly promised to take Britain out of the EU by October 31, even if no Brexit deal is reached with the EU.
This article has been adapted from its original source.