EU, UK Will Remain Allies, Partners and Friends After Brexit - Michel Barnier


But the concessions are likely to only increase nervousness in Britain, where she is under significant pressure from both Brexiteers and Remainers over the deal she has hashed out with European leaders ahead of Britain's departure from the bloc in March.

The comments were echoed by Johnson, who received a rapturous applause from the delegates, saying Britain would be left as a "satellite state" by the deal. He told reporters that the summit "is neither a time of jubilation nor of celebration". The assent came after less than an hour of discussion.

"It is, and the reason I say that is on day one of us leaving the European Union there would be no difference, we would be exactly the same as the rest of the United Kingdom, but in year five or 10 we would be different", she said. "My feelings are very divided".

British Prime Minister Theresa May arrives for an European Union summit at the Europa building in Brussels, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018.

"Our borders and our history are very different, but our solidarity in defence of our democratic right to preserve our British way of life is unshakeable", she said.

"This is the maximum we can all do", Rutte said, shaking his head when asked if the European Union might make more concessions.

Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva said the original Brexit guidelines laid out past year that included assurances to Spain that it could deal with London directly on the issue of Gibraltar were "wise". "It is the only deal".

And French president Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday that Brexit was turning out to be "more expensive and more painful" than predicted.

May's headaches are far from over.

The deal must still be endorsed by the British parliament and European Union parliament.

Both Remainers and Leavers in the British Parliament are warning that May doesn't have the necessary support with the all the opposition parties lined up against the deal and as many as 100 lawmakers, Remainers and Leavers among them, from May's ruling Conservatives pledging to vote against it as well.

Chancellor Philip Hammond sought to reassure the DUP over its "understandable concerns" about the Northern Ireland backstop provisions aimed at preventing a hard border with Ireland.

"Europe and the United Kingdom have accepted the Spanish demands, and as a result, Spain lifts its veto and will vote tomorrow in favour of Brexit", he said in a televised statement.

In addition to the divorce deal, May and her European counterparts approved a political declaration on the future relationship between the two partners.

Asked whether there was any chance Brussels would reopen the pact if an alliance of pro- and anti-Brexit forces votes it down in the House of Commons, Juncker simply stressed "this is the best deal possible" - although summit chair Donald Tusk sounded more guarded, saying he did not want to consider hypotheticals. And even members of the United Kingdom opposition say the deal won't make it to the end of the year.

Eurosceptic Tory MP Andrew Bridgen, a prominent critic of the Prime Minister, said: "With regard to the Withdrawal Agreement and the proposed future relationship "never in the history of our great nation have so many been betrayed, so deliberately, for so little". She could face a leadership challenge or new elections.

Spain wants to ensure it has a say over how any UK-EU trade deal applies to Gibraltar.

British Prime Minister Theresa May, waiting in the wings as the other leaders met, joined them once they had given the deal the seal of approval to discuss the next steps on the road to Brexit.

"Madrid saw Brexit as an opportunity to reconfigure the status of the territory which is administered by the United Kingdom", wrote Ignacio Molina, an expert on the European Union at the Real Instituto Elcano, in Agenda Publica, an analysis website. Leaders generally dislike the departure but now want to pin down the deal to free them to focus on other, more pressing problems such as populism, struggling economies and Russian Federation.

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