Boris Johnson and EU reach Brexit deal without DUP backing
Boris Johnson and Jean-Claude Juncker have jointly announced agreement on a new Brexit deal despite the refusal of the Democratic Unionist party to give its backing.
After weeks of negotiations that went deep into the early hours of Thursday morning and with mounting pressure to have legal text ready for EU leaders to read before a summit, the two leaders said an agreement was ready.
The prime minister tweeted: “We’ve got a great new deal that takes back control – 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.”
Leaders are now expected to give their political approval to the revised withdrawal agreement and political declaration on Thursday afternoon.
In a letter to the president of the European council, Donald Tusk, Juncker, the president of the European commission, said it was time for the British parliament to do its part to bring the first phase of the negotiations to an end.
He wrote: “I believe it is high time to complete the withdrawal process and move on, as swiftly as possible, to the negotiation on the European Union’s future partnership with the United Kingdom.”