U.K., EU Agree On Outline Brexit Deal, But It Still Faces Obstacles
If a majority of British parliament members don't approve the deal by Saturday, Johnson will be required by law to request another Brexit extension.
The United Kingdom and European Union have agreed on an outline Brexit deal.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker both tweeted about the agreement Thursday morning. Johnson said the deal "takes back control," while Juncker called it a "fair and balanced agreement."
It's a deal, but it isn't a done deal. The outline needs to be backed by EU member states and U.K. Parliament.
In a letter to the president of the European Council, Juncker recommended that the member states approve the withdrawal agreement because he believes it is "high time to complete the withdrawal process and move on."
Johnson says parliament "should get Brexit done on Saturday" so the country can "move on to other priorities." If a majority of British parliament members don't approve the deal by Saturday, Johnson will be required by law to request another Brexit extension through Jan. 31.
Two main opposition parties in the U.K. quickly opposed the deal on Thursday. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn says it's unlikely the bill will make it through Parliament, calling it "an even worse deal than Theresa May's, which was overwhelmingly rejected."
Johnson now heads to Brussels for a two-day summit with EU leaders.
Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.
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